This Day in Jewish History / Dramatist who created role of 'good Jew' dies
Richard Cumberland gave life to Sheva as an antidote to the Jewish character who is solely a 'spectacle of contempt, and a butt for ridicule.’
On May 7, 1811, the English dramatist and civil servant Richard Cumberland died. In his 1794 play “The Jew,” Cumberland provided London audiences with a depiction of a virtuous and charitable Jewish moneylender, a man who is moved by the misfortune of others – even when they are not his co-religionists – and it is his generosity that saves the day for the young...
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