E. E. Dessler

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Religious thinker and prominent figure in the Musar movement (1881–1954). Dessler was born in Homel in Russia where he received a traditional Jewish education leading to his Rabbinic ordination, Semikhah. After trying his hand, unsuccessfully, in business, Dessler obtained a Rabbinic position in the East End of London. He was later instrumental in establishing in the town of Gateshead a Kolel, an institution in which married men with families are supported by patrons of learning while they devote themselves entirely to advanced Talmudic studies on the Lithuanian pattern; an institution now popular everywhere in the ultra-Orthodox world, but, at that time, unheard of in England.

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