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Lot #    13290
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 1:19:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Denkschrift zu dem im Auftrag der israel. Gemeinde
Title (Hebrew)    in Frankfurt a. M. bearbeiteten neuen I. Gebetbuch
Author    [Only Ed. - Reform] Dr. C. Seligmann
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    Voit & Gleiber
Publication Date    1912
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 70 pp. plus title wrappers, 185:118 mm., wide margins, light staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in the original paper wrappers.
   Dr. Caesar Seligmann (18601950), leader of Liberal Judaism in Germany. Born in Landau, Seligmann was appointed preacher of the Liberal synagogue (Temple) in Hamburg in 1889, and from 1902 to 1939 he officiated as rabbi in Frankfort. In 1910 he published for the Liberal synagogue (Western synagogue) a two-volume prayer book (Israelitisches Gebetbuch, 2nd ed. 1928) that was even more extreme than any proposed by the German Reform movement to that date. One of the founders of the Vereinigung fuer das liberale Judentum in 1910, he edited its organ, Liberales Judentum, which appeared from 1910 to 1922. In cooperation with I. Elbogen and H. Vogelstein, he published in 1929 the "unified prayer book" restoring to the Liberal rite many traditional prayers which had been previously excluded. His other works include a collection of popular lectures, Judentum und moderne Weltanschauung (1905), and a history of the Reform movement, Geschichte der juedischen Reformbewegung von Mendelssohn bis zur Gegenwart (1922). When addressing the Liberal rabbis in Wiesbaden in 1937, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the rabbinical conference convened by A. Geiger, Seigmann advised his colleagues to become reconciled with Zionism. In 1939 he moved to London, where he lived until his death. His autobiography, Mein Leben. Erinnerungen eines Grossvaters, was written in 1941 but only one chapter was published.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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