From the cover of Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe. WSU Press.
Ah, the medieval world of Jewish Europe—a world of study halls and sages, exalted poverty and true religion! Sure, there were pogroms and depredations. No one thinks the premodern Rhineland was a picnic. But we all know the Jews themselves weren’t mediocre like us. They were Rashi and Rabbi Judah the Pious. The Jews of medieval Europe were the real thing.