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By Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

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 stumbled on Orthodox
Judaism in a sorry, pathetic country of chaos and confusion. The rabbis born and bredin Europe have been discovered students and
masters of the non secular legislations, in all its
minutiae. conversant in deference,
even reverence, as famous gurus and group leaders, they got here right into a situation bordering on anarchy in
Jewish non secular existence, in a brand new land of
unprecedented tolerance and freedom.
with no wisdom of the English
language and American tradition, European
rabbis might command no admire and
exert no influence at the young.
Bernard Revel decided to create a
school of Talmudic examine that will also
provide an American collage schooling
to provide American Orthodox
rabbis who may well mould and maintain a workable genuine Judaism within the New World.
This is the tale of the fellow and his
vision, and his success. From a
modest yeshiva in a synagogue building
on New York's reduce East aspect, to
imposing quarters at the heights of
Upper big apple, Bernard Revel
steered the path and improvement of
Yeshiva collage, the 1st university of
liberal arts and sciences lower than Jewish
auspices, until eventually it turned a robust
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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Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, began in Germany about the end of the eighteenth century with the success of Moses Mendelssohn as a popular German philosopher. In Germany, however, the first generation of Haskalah was also the last, since large proportions of the next generation of socially and intellectually accepted Jews gradually passed from Haskalah to assimilation and, in many instances, to Christianity. In Eastern Europe Haskalah started to make appreciable progress by the mid-nineteenth century.

46 Rabbi Album of Chicago decried the breakdown of kashruth standards among the immigrants residing in Chicago: “On whom do they depend [for a halachic leniency] when they eat bread which is baked on the Sabbath by Jewish bakers . . ”47 A recently married Russian Jew of New York’s East Side, when asked whether he still observed the dietary laws, said: In a way, yes. We don’t make much of the details like keeping the butter and meat dishes apart, but we do eat kosher food. If we didn’t, the old folks would not come to visit us.

Nevertheless, it did seem unusual to his Tulsa neighbors and colleagues to see the frail, slightly built, yarmulke-wearing “oil magnate” move about the lusty Oklahoma oil fields. Revel appeared content. After all, he did have time to devote to study. But gradually his family noticed that a feeling of restlessness was developing within him. This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. com << Chapter >> 42 ] Home | TOC | Index bernard re vel The gnawing sense that some important element was missing in his life began to get the best of him.

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