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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Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer: And the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy by David Ellenson

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.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817312725
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Series: Judaic Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

 David Ellenson is Professor of Jewish Religious Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

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