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Pledges of Jewish AllegianceConversion, Law, and Policymaking in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa$
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David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778053

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778053.001.0001

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Hungarian and Central European Writings on Conversion and Intermarriage

Hungarian and Central European Writings on Conversion and Intermarriage

(p.70) Three Hungarian and Central European Writings on Conversion and Intermarriage
Pledges of Jewish Allegiance
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During the conclusion of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the nineteenth, Emancipation and Enlightenment had a negligible impact on Jewish religion and society in Hungary. The Hungarian Jews remained very religiously observant, and the Reform Movement was not yet a major force on the Jewish scene in Central Europe. Endogamy was still prevalent, with Jews and Christians rarely interacting as social equals. This apparent quiescence is evident in the sermons and legal opinions of Orthodox rabbis of the period, including Moses Schreiber (1768–1839), considered the architect of ultraorthodox Judaism. This chapter examines the responsa written by Schreiber and other Hungarian and Central European rabbis, such as Akiva Eger, Eliyahu Guttmacher, Judah Aszod, Akiva Yosef Schlesinger, and Maharam Schick, regarding conversion and intermarriage.

Keywords:   Jews, Hungary, Central Europe, rabbis, conversion, intermarriage, responsa, sermons, legal opinions, Moses Schreiber

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