Redefining Judaism in an Age of Emancipation: Comparative Perspectives on Samuel Holdheim (1806-1860)

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This volume interprets, for the first time, the biography and philosophy of the German-Jewish thinker Samuel Holdheim (1806-1860). Based on a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, it presents a neglected phenomenon of nineteenth-century Jewish intellectual history-the radical Reform Movement that started in Germany and culminated in the American-Jewish Reform ideology. Leading scholars of modern Jewish history and thought from Germany, France, Belgium, and the United States present a thorough reading of Holdheim's influential writings in the broader context of the debates within Germany Jewry about the modernization of Jewish identity in an age of political emancipation and cultural integration, including such controversial issues as the authority of the rabbinical tradition or the reinterpretation of the ceremonial laws.
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Christian Wiese, Ph.D. (1997), is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Erfurt University and taught in Montreal, at Dartmouth College, and in Dublin. He has published extensively on modern Jewish history and thought, including Challenging Colonial Discourse: Jewish Studies and Protestant Theology in Wilhelmine Germany (Brill, 2005).
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations     ix
Contributors     xi
Introduction   Christian Wiese     xvii
Reformer, Scholar, Political Thinker
"Most of My Brethren Find me Unacceptable": The Controversial Career of Rabbi Samuel Holdheim   Michael A. Meyer     3
From Nationality to Religion: Samuel Holdheim's Path to the Extreme Side of Religious Reform   Andreas Gotzmann     23
The Politics of Religion in the Thought of Samuel Holdheim   Ken Koltun-Fromm     63
Holdheims Years in Schwerin: The Rabbi as an Ecclesiastical Councilor   Carsten Wilke     80
Holdheim's Attitude towards Karaism as Expounded in "Ma'amar Ha-Ishut"   Katrien de Graef     109
Holdheim in the Context of the Reform Controversies
Samuel Holdheim and the German Circumcision Debates, 1843-1876   Robin E. Judd     127
Samuel Holdheim and the Prayerbook Reform in Germany   Klaus Herrmann     143
The Problems of Moderate Reform: The History of the Berlin Liturgical Reforms, 1844-1862   Margit Schad     169
Samuel Holdheim and Zacharias Frankel on the Legal Character of Jewish Marriage: An Overlooked Debate in Nineteenth-Century Liberal Judaism   David Ellenson     191
Radical Reform in Comparative Perspective
Samuel Holdheim and Zacharias Frankel: ComparativePerspectives   Andreas Bramer     209
Holdheim and Zunz: From the Question of Rabbinical Authority to a New Definition of the Ceremonial Laws   Celine Trautmann-Waller     228
Samuel Holdheim and Sigismund Stern: The Clash between the Dogmatic and Historicist Approach in Classical German Reform   Ralph Bisschops     241
True Mosaic Religion: Samuel Hirsch, Samuel Holdheim, and the Reform of Judaism   Judith Frishman     278
Samuel Holdheim's "Most Powerful Comrade in Conviction": David Einhorn and the Debate Concerning Jewish Universalism in the Radical Reform Movement   Christian Wiese     306
Bibliography     375
Index     411
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