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Naomi Alderman, who put her own love of the English countryside into her second novel The Lessons, says the Jewish tendency to identify with the urban is “deeply culturally ingrained. For hundreds of years, it was illegal for Jews to own land across most of Europe, meaning that the normal peasant/gentleman-farmer connection to the land wasn’t possible.
“In addition, Jewish people have had to move on quickly from many different countries across our history. This means that we prefer professions which are very portable: medicine, the law, trading, learned professions. Professions with a connection to the land are harder to move on from quickly. Jewish people who had those professions and decided to ‘stay and see how this pans out’… didn’t survive.
“Also, Orthodox Jews need to live in close proximity to each other, because you can’t use horses or motorised transport on the Sabbath, and you need a quorum of 10 men to do Sabbath prayers. Living close together is easier in cities.”