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Creating American Reform JudaismLife and Times of Isaac Mayer Wise$
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Sefton D. Temkin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774457

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774457.001.0001

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David Einhorn

David Einhorn

6. David Einhorn
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter turns to Rabbi David Einhorn. Einhorn was ten years older than Wise. He received his Talmudic education at the yeshivah of Fürth, in his native Bavaria, and at the universities of Munich and Würzburg. Participation in the German rabbinic conferences of 1844–1846 marked him out as a reformer and made life in German congregations uncomfortable for him. To point to the contrast with opponents such as Einhorn on the one side and Isaac Leeser on the other is helpful to the understanding of Wise’s personality and policies. Wise’s constant hammering at the need for an American rabbinate and the naturalization of the Jew and Judaism in America must be seen in the light of the Einhorn influence; the significance of his constant travels to outlying congregations stands in contrast to his opponent’s aloofness. What they shared was a readiness for full-blooded conflict.

Keywords:   David Einhorn, American rabbinate, Judaism, American Judaism, naturalization, Isaac Lesser, German congregations

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