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Between the Yeshiva World and Modern OrthodoxyThe Life and Works of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg, 1884-1966$
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Marc B. Shapiro

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774525

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774525.001.0001

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Pilwishki (1906–1913)

Pilwishki (1906–1913)

(p.18) Two Pilwishki (1906–1913)
Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy

Marc B. Shapiro

Liverpool University Press

This chapter details Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg's time in Pilwishki, Lithuania, during which he was able to establish a growing presence within the Russian and Lithuanian Orthodox community. It begins with his appointment to the Pilwishki rabbinate, made possible by his loveless marriage to Esther Levin, the daughter of Pilwishki's late rabbi. From there, the chapter shows how his most significant work began appearing in the two leading Orthodox Hebrew newspapers, Hamodia of Poltava (Ukraine) and Ha'ivri of Berlin. As contributions to a newspaper were often regarded as a signal of one's ideological commitment, the fact that Weinberg simultaneously wrote for both apparently shows that he had not committed himself one way or the other regarding Zionism. This open mind is also seen in his relationship with Rabbi Isaac Jacob Reines, the founder of the Mizrachi movement, who had started a yeshiva in Lida whose purpose was to combine Torah and secular studies. Finally, this chapter discusses some of Weinberg's German and East European influences as well as his early thought.

Keywords:   Pilwishki, Lithuania, Esther Levin, Orthodox Hebrew newspapers, Hamodia, Ha'ivri, Isaac Jacob Reines, Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg

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