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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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The Tarler rebbe of Łódź and his Medical Practice: Towards a History of Hasidic Life in Pre-First World War Poland

The Tarler rebbe of Łódź and his Medical Practice: Towards a History of Hasidic Life in Pre-First World War Poland

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(p.53) The Tarler rebbe of Łódź and his Medical Practice: Towards a History of Hasidic Life in Pre-First World War Poland
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11
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Ira Robinson

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.003.0004

This chapter looks at the medical works and practice of Rabbi Judah Yudel Rosenberg. In the 1880s, he was for a short time rabbi of the town of Tarlów and he adopted the word as a surname, becoming known as Reb Yudel Tarler. Later, during a stay in Łódź from 1909 to 1913, he called himself the Tarler rebbe. The best explanation for his move from Warsaw to Łódź seems to be that he saw possibilities of self-advancement there that would have been next to impossible in Warsaw. Łódź, which possessed a rapidly growing Jewish population, attracted Jews from all over the Russian Empire. It was a city with no home-grown intelligentsia and hence tended to look to the outside for its intellectual and religious leadership. Rosenberg, his reputation enhanced by his publications, thought that he would be able to set himself up in the town as a hasidic rebbe.

Keywords:   medical works, medical practice, Judah Yudel Rosenberg, Tarlów, Tarler rebbe, Łódź, Jewish population, Jews, religious leadership, hasidic rebbe

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