Saturday, October 15, 2011

A lecture on Rabbi Akiba Eger from 1888.

Here is nice account of a lecture on Rabbi Akiva Eger delivered by Dr. Michael Friedlander - a native of Posen - of Jews' College, reported in the Jewish Standard November 30, 1888.

If reading it as images below is inconvenient, you can read it here.


  1. Miss Fred,

    Thank you for a thoroughly delightful post. Is the letter that RAE wrote available anywhere? The line the "position of Rabbi is a great danger to the soul" is interesting. Also interesting is the remark by Solomon Schechter. Thanks.

  2. Thank you. This is a most interesting report of the lecture and the subsequent discussion.

    "(Mr. Schechter) didn't especially admire Eger for Torah. There were others as great in that branch now."

    I wonder the reason for this disparagement, and which of his contemporaries Schechter considered as great in Torah knowledge.

  3. Rabbi Akiva Eger wrote novels???

    Lawrence Kaplan

  4. Perhaps novellae, hiddushim?

    Lawrence Kaplan



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