In 1966 Gerson Cohen, then a professor of Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary who later became its chancellor, gave a commencement address at Hebrew Teachers College in Boston that was later published as an essay entitled “The Blessing of Assimilation.” (collected in Cohen, Jewish History and Jewish Destiny New York: JTS, 1997, 145-156). In this essay Cohen argued that it is both inaccurate and historically short-sighted to view assimilation as, by definition, “bad for the Jews.” He writes, “A frank appraisal of the periods in which Judaism flourished will indicate that not only has a certain amount of assimilation and acculturation not impeded Jewish continuity and creativity, but that in a profound sense, this assimilation and acculturation was a stimulus to original thinking and expression, a source of renewed vitality. To a considerable degree, the Jews survived as a vital group and as a pulsating culture because they changed their names, their language, their clothing, and their patterns of thought and expression.”

Shaul Magid, «Which birthright? Why choosing home over homeland may not be so bad», Zeek, 13 de mayo de 2008.

[¿Que quién es Arquíloco? Arquíloco fue este y escribió, entre otras cosas, esto: ἀσπίδι μὲν Σαίων τις ἀγάλλεται, ἣν παρὰ θάμνωι | ἔντος ἀμώμητον κάλλιπον οὐκ ἐθέλων, | αὐτὸς μ᾿ ἐξεσάσωσα. τί μοι μέλει ἀσπὶς ἐκείνη; | ἐρρέτω· ἐξαῦτις κτήσομαι οὐ κακίω Un habitante de Sais ostenta hoy el brillante escudo / que abandoné a pesar mío junto a un florecido arbusto. / Pero salvé la vida. ¿Qué me interesa ese escudo? / Peor para él. Uno mejor me consigo»). Pero el Arquíloco que a mí me interesa es el de Juan Aranzadi. Aunque haber, hay a quien le disgusta. Dicho de otro modo, la conversión y la huida, aunque sea hacia dentro del país de uno y de uno mismo, me evocan en primer lugar los versos de Agustín García Calvo: Yo soy el acto de quebrar la esencia: / yo soy el que yo soy. Yo no conozco / más modo de virtud que la impotencia.]