As we have documented elsewhere, Judaism is by its nature a ghetto religion, even in the best of times. And as these works document, the Judaic ‘ghettos’ of Catholic Europe were often centers of international trade and moneylending and the civil authorities were oftentimes at the Judaic moneylenders’ service as enforcers for collection of debts from Christians. The temporally ambitious, knuckleheaded ‘Christian’ nobility tended to be fascinated by magic, Hermeticism, Kabbalah, gematria, astrology, etc., etc. which made them easy prey to the rabbis’ confidence scams utilizing these vehicles; ‘services’ for which they were returned many favors contrary to the interests of the Christian population and the Gospel.
A Jew at the Medici Court
Jews and Magic in Medici Florence
These are invaluable resources generally, but may also come as an aid to those seeking to understand the direction of a certain contingent of traditionalists and the tradition they’re attempting to resurrect.