The purpose of this response paper is to share your thoughts on the writings and how they relate to our class. How does the author treat the period she/he is writing on and what are some of the main points the author makes? How does the author treat the Jewish community and its place within the greater population it is living within? What are some of the changes the Jewish communities under discussion are experiencing? And, how is the modern era presented (or the Early Modern World in the case of Bell’s work)? Lastly, how is the issue of gender treated within the text? Keep in mind that a response is not just a summary of the reading, but it should develop a thought, place the reading in context, share some personal ideas related to the text, and, of course, discuss some of the author’s main points. Make connections between texts that were assigned. It should be displayed to me that you have read the texts and that you engaged with it as well. There are numerous “response papers guides” and here are two links to help you get started. I think most important is that I am looking for a cleaned-up and coherent narrative; therefore, carefully read it before turning it in to catch any grammatical errors or unclear thoughts.