"Poland was a very poor country, with a bankrupt aristocracy and a crushed peasantry" (Potok 98).
The Jewish people have money.
We have skills to gain money!
"Poland wanted people who would build her economy, organize her affairs, and bring her to life" (Potok 98)
Poland is Rebuilt.
"the Jews did not only prosper economically. They also built many great academies of learning thought the country" (Potok 98).
Thank You for helping rebuild Poland.
Poland is destroyed by the Chmielnicki uprising.
They blamed us for the actions of the Polish nobles.
The Messiah Arrives
I'm Shabbtai Zvi! I'm the Messiah!
We've been waiting for you!
"And so thousands upon thousands of Jews in both eastern and western Europe began to look upon the Chmielnicki disaster as the prelude to the coming of the Messiah... And he came. His name was Shabbtai Zvi." (Potok 99)
The Messiah is a fraud
"Years later, when it turned out that he was a fraud, you can imagine what the effect was... the false Messiah was a spiritual disaster." (Potok 99-100)
You're a FRAUD!
"The Chmielnicki uprising was a physical disaster; the false Messiah was a spiritual disaster." (Potok 100)