Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff's Bernard Revel - Builder of American Jewish Orthodoxy PDF

By Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

ISBN-10: 1590454146

ISBN-13: 9781590454145

In 1906 a proficient younger Talmudic scholar
named Bernard Revel got here to the
United States within the wave of mass
immigration from jap Europe. "As he
looked approximately, he came upon Orthodox
Judaism in a sorry, pathetic nation of chaos and confusion. The rabbis born and bredin Europe have been realized students and
masters of the non secular legislations, in all its
minutiae. familiar with deference,
even reverence, as well-known gurus and neighborhood leaders, they got here right into a situation bordering on anarchy in
Jewish spiritual existence, in a brand new land of
unprecedented tolerance and freedom.
with no wisdom of the English
language and American tradition, European
rabbis may possibly command no recognize and
exert no influence at the young.
Bernard Revel made up our minds to create a
school of Talmudic examine that may also
provide an American university schooling
to provide American Orthodox
rabbis who might mildew and maintain a plausible real Judaism within the New World.
This is the tale of the guy and his
vision, and his fulfillment. From a
modest yeshiva in a synagogue building
on New York's decrease East facet, to
imposing quarters at the heights of
Upper big apple, Bernard Revel
steered the direction and improvement of
Yeshiva collage, the 1st university of
liberal arts and sciences less than Jewish
auspices, till it grew to become a strong
educational strength, a veritable dynamo, in
American Jewry, that remained
consistently dependable to its New-World imaginative and prescient ofTorah Judaism.

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Com << Chapter >> 18 ] Home | TOC | Index bernard re vel From the outset the East Europeans failed to rally around the Seminary. Reverend Morais was deeply respected by the immigrants, but the newcomers did not consider the Sephardic minister an authority on Jewish Law. Nor did the few accomplished old-country talmudists consider Morais sufficiently proficient to serve as the head of a school for the training of rabbis. A publication of the Orthodox immigrants expressed its dismay at the slow pace of scholastic accomplishment at the new school.

Nevertheless, he accepted the aid of non-Orthodox spiritual leaders such as Alexander Kohut, Marcus Jastrow, and Benjamin Szold, who were also opposed to the excesses of the Reform movement. The preamble to the constitution of the Seminary read: The necessity has been made manifest for associated and organ­ ized effort on the part of the Jews of America, faithful to Mosaic Law and ancestral tradition, for the purpose of keeping alive the true Jewish spirit; in particular by the establishment of a Semi­ nary where the Bible shall be impartially taught and rabbinic lit­ erature faithfully expounded, and more especially, where youth, desirous of entering the ministry, may be thoroughly grounded in Jewish knowledge and inspired by precept and the example of their instructors with the love of the Hebrew language, and a spirit of fidelity and devotion to Jewish law.

In 1898 he left to head the largest Orthodox congregation in Cincinnati, and he remained in this position until his death in 1925. In a revealing passage his biographer notes that Rabbi Lesser never learned to talk English and the only words in English that he could write comprised his name. As a result, he This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> 16 ] Home | TOC | Index bernard re vel did not take part in the civic life of the community and left much of this type of activity to Reform Jews.

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