Jews who have become integrated into national cultures have learned the manifold types of intimacy found there. The Jews consider themselves a world-people, but at the same time they conform to the nation in whose midst they live. On the one hand, universality; on the other, this strange people that has a religion. Many historical peoples would like to have their own religion, imagining that it would be a good thing to have one. Many Jews, though, remain unconvinced of the virtues of this situation. They would be happy with a somewhat less conspicuous role. But no matter how he tries, the Jew cannot conceal his identity; the roads to denial have all been tried. The Jewish people is one of the oldest to discover that it must constantly remake itself.

-“The Modernization of the Jews”