Monday, February 16, 2009

R. Akiva Eger reminiscences from the Breslau Jewish Theological Seminary

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From Gotthard Deutsch's chapter on Layser Lazarus in his Scrolls: Essays on Jewish History and Literature, and Kindred Subjects.

Layser Lazarus was the rector of the Seminary following the death of Zechariah Frankel; he had been a student of R. Akiva Eger.

Gotthard Deutsch was eventually a prominent Reform rabbi and teacher in America. Apparently R. Akiva Eger on shaving with a razor was a favorite example of his.

See the following, from his essay "The Theory of Oral Tradition":

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Read the very interesting responsum here.

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