Centenary Papers And Others; By David Philipson

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byDavid Philipson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... ABRAHAM GEIGER. (1810-1910). ABRAHAM GEIGER, who combined to a degree as did few others of his generation the mastery of Jewish lore with secular learning, was peculiarly fitted to become a leader of that movement in Judaism which applying the touchstone of development to the traditions of the past was to interpret the eternal message of Judaism in a manner consonant with the spirit of modernity. His was primarily the historical temper. By a thorough study of the past he became convinced that there had always been a developing force in Judaism; this may have been in abeyance at times but to him there could be no doubt that Judaism spelt development and that Judaism's history and literature if studied and correctly grasped yielded irrefutable proofs of the truth of this statement. He felt that a time had come in the life of the Jewish people when a new interpretation of the eternal values of Judaism was imperative but he would have this interpretation evolutionary and not revolutionary.1 The tree of Judaism, rooted in the far past, still had life force sufficient to send forth new branches. The movement for reform as he conceived it was not to be a break with the past.2 From the very moment that he entered upor the active practice of the rabbinical profession in Wiesbaden he committed himself without reserve to the advocacy of the reform movement.3 In a letter written in 1836 to his friend, M. A. Stern, the celebrated mathematician, he declared that "not emancipation but reform was the leading issue of the day for the Jews."4 He never faltered in this faith; he wanted a living Judaism, not a religion that was a mere survival of a vanished past. In a hundred and one forms he expressed himself to this effect; "we want bread for our hunger," he wrote passiona...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... ABRAHAM GEIGER. (1810-1910). ABRAHAM GEIGER, who combined to a degree as did few others of his generation the mastery of Jewis...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217455506

ISBN - 13:9780217455503

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