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The Breakthrough to Modernity

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237142 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823228263.003.0003
The Breakthrough to Modernity

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This chapter discusses the historical background of the Jews' entry to modernity. It can be said that modernity has begun for Judaism in 1783. This accomplishment may be attributed to two achievements of Judaism on its own and one external event. These achievements are Moses Mendelssohn' translation of the Hebrew Bible into German and the publication of his treatise Jerusalem, or on the Religious Power of Judaism, which served as a declaration of independence in its own. The external event is the victory of the US in its revolutionary war and its proclamation that all men were created equal.

Keywords: Jews; modernity; Judaism; Moses Mendelssohn; Hebrew Bible; Jerusalem

Chapter.  2932 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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