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German Rabbis in British Exile. From ‘Heimat’ into the Unknown

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ISBN: 9783110471717 Year: Pages: 329 DOI: 10.1515/9783110471717 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion
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The rich history of the German rabbinate came to an abrupt halt with the November Pogrom of 1938. The need to leave Germany became clear and many rabbis made use of the visas they had been offered. Their resettlement in Britain was hampered by additional obstacles such as internment, deportation, enlistment in the Pioneer Corps. But rabbis still attempted to support their fellow refugees with spiritual and pastoral care. The refugee rabbis replanted the seed of the once proud German Judaism into British soil. New synagogues were founded and institutions of Jewish learning sprung up, like rabbinic training and the continuation of Wissenschaft des Judentums. The arrival of Leo Baeck professionalized these efforts and resulted in the foundation of the Leo Baeck College in London. Refugee rabbis now settled and obtained pulpits in the many newly founded synagogues. Their arrival in Britain was the catalyst for much change in British Judaism, an influence that can still be felt today.

Exile and Return, The Babylonian Context

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ISBN: 9783110419283 9783110578096 9783110419528 Year: Pages: 377 DOI: 10.1515/9783110419283 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Religion
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This collection of essays explores new ways of understanding the Babylonian Exile and the return to Yehud &#8211 a formative period in ancient Judaism. Drawing among others on new materials from cuneiform texts, the contributions study how Judean and other exiles interacted with the host society and vice versa, the way in which various biblical books reflect Babylonian culture, and the return migration to Jerusalem.

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