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Lot #    13546
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:56:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Prinzipien zur Abfaffung eines Religionslehrbuchs
Author    [Only Ed. - Reform] Sigismund Stern
City    Berlin
Publisher    B. Behr
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 14, [2] pp., 207:127 mm., light age staining, wide margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in later paper wrappers.
   A lecture by Sigismund Stern (18121867), German teacher and leader of the Berlin Reform movement. After studying philology, in 1835 Stern succeeded I. M. Jost as headmaster of the Berlin Jewish boys' school. In 1845 he gave a series of lectures on the tasks of Judaism which aroused wide interest and controversy. He wished to bring about a revival of religious life, waking it from its then current lethargy, which he felt was caused by the contradictions and frustrations faced by Jews in the modern world. Following his proposal calling for the erection of a "German-Jewish church," leading classes of Berlin Jewry responded by forming an "Association for Reform in Judaism," in which Stern played a central role. Contending that Judaism must free itself from its national heritage, he initiated radical reforms and the separate organization of the reformers in Berlin. In 1848, after standing unsuccessfully as candidate for that year's National Assembly, Stern accepted the directorship of the Frankfort on the Main Philanthropin Jewish school. He enlarged the institution, raised its academic standards, and introduced pedagogic (but not religious) innovations, which made him an acknowledged leader of the German methods.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica