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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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Giessen and Beyond (1920–1932)

Giessen and Beyond (1920–1932)

(p.76) Four Giessen and Beyond (1920–1932)
Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy

Marc B. Shapiro

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg's life during the Weimar Republic. It begins with a brief overview of German Orthodoxy and the various political and religious disputes which persisted even after the First World War. From there, the chapter turns to Weinberg's academic life in the University of Giessen, where he received his first intensive exposure to modern scholarship. While Weinberg was in Giessen, significant events were occurring in Berlin, which eventually led to his appointment as a lecturer in Talmud and Codes. This effectively made him the resident halakhist of his seminary. The new position also established him as the supreme halakhic authority for the numerous communal rabbis who were seminary graduates, as well as for many others who had no formal connection to the institution. He was thus ensured a central role in German Orthodox life. Finally, the chapter explores some of Weinberg's writings during the Weimar years.

Keywords:   Weimar Republic, University of Giessen, modern scholarship, Talmud, German Orthodoxy, German Orthodox life, Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg

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