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Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy

Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy by David Ellenson
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The story of modern Orthodox Judaism is usually told only from the perspective of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Ellenson’s work, a thorough examination of the life and work of one of Hirsch’s contemporaries, Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer, reveals another important contributor to the creation of a modern Jewish Orthodoxy during the late 1800s. like Hirsch, Hildesheirmer felt the need to continue certain traditions while at the same time introducing certain innovations to meet the demands of a modern society. This original study of an Orthodox rabbinic leader shows how Hildesheirmer’s flexible and pragmatic approach to these problems continues to be relevant to modern Judaism. The way in which this book draws upon response literature for its comprehension of Hildesheimer makes it a distinctive work in modern Jewish historiography and sociology.

University of Alabama Press; May 2011
234 pages; ISBN 9780817381844
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Title: Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy
Author: David Ellenson
 
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0817381848
9780817304850
9780817381844