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The Legacy of German Jewry$
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228263

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228263.001.0001

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The Legacy of German Jewry
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Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0025

This chapter discusses the negative impact of modernity's break with the Middle Ages on Judaism. It suggests that while Judaism has kept pace with the most advanced developments in antiquity and the Middle Ages, it was confronted with numerous challenges in staying in step with modernity. An important turn of event occurred for the Jews after the publication of Moses Mendelssohn's Jerusalem, or On Religious Power and Judaism in 1783 and his German translation of the Hebrew Bible.

Keywords:   Judaism, modernity, Middle Ages, Moses Mendelssohn, German Bible

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