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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 Breakthrough to Modernity

The Breakthrough to Modernity

(p.30) Two The Breakthrough to Modernity
The Legacy of German Jewry

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the historical background of the Jews' entry to modernity. It can be said that modernity has begun for Judaism in 1783. This accomplishment may be attributed to two achievements of Judaism on its own and one external event. These achievements are Moses Mendelssohn' translation of the Hebrew Bible into German and the publication of his treatise Jerusalem, or on the Religious Power of Judaism, which served as a declaration of independence in its own. The external event is the victory of the US in its revolutionary war and its proclamation that all men were created equal.

Keywords:   Jews, modernity, Judaism, Moses Mendelssohn, Hebrew Bible, Jerusalem

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