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Query: The "Hoffmann'sche Yeshiva" in Frankfurt a.M.

For some biographical research, I'd be grateful for any help in finding out more about what was called the "Hoffmann'sche Jeschiwa" in Frankfurt am Main and about one of its teachers, Reb Yisroel Korn. The Yeshiva was still functioning in 1934, and perhaps beyond.

Thank you

Robert Schine

Middlebury College

Conference announcement: “Shared” History? 1,700 years of Jewish life in German-speaking lands

In 2021, Germany will celebrate 1,700 years of Jewish life in German-speaking lands, and the Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin (LBI) is marking the occasion by launching its “Shared History Project.” As the name suggests, the lives of Jews have always been tightly interwoven with the history of the regions and countries where they lived.

Re: Query: Seth an Ibbur in Moses

Dear Jacob,

Concerning your query:

1. See Isaac of Acre (13th-14th century), Sefer Me'irat 'enayim, ed. Hayyim Aryeh Erlanger (Jerusalem, 1975), pp. 43, 49, who interprets Mosheh as the acronym for Moses, Seth, and Hevel (Abel), thus pointing to a transmigration. See further Brian Ogren, Renaissance and Rebirth: Reincarnation in Early Modern Italian Kabbalah (Leiden, 2009), pp. 76, 188-189.

Query: Seth an Ibbur in Moses

Dear Colleagues,

In Book 4, Chapter 12 of Nishmat Hayyim, Menasseh ben Israel says that some people believe that the soul of Seth came as an ibbur into Moses.  Can anyone provide a source from which Menasseh could have drawn this view?  Louis Ginzberg mentions this idea in Legends of the Jews, but provides no citation.

Any clues will be appreciated.

Jacob Adler
University of Arkansas
Philosophy Department
Fayetteville, Arkansas

<jadler@post.harvard.edu>

Re: Passing of Rabbi Dr. Hermann Schmelzer

Yes, you are right, Schreiner was "only" 63 when he died. However, due to a terrible mental illness, he was hospitalized in 1902 at the age of 39 for the rest of his life, withdrawn from the world and unable to teach or publish. Given his talents and knowledge, this was a terrible loss to the world of scholarship as well as a tragedy for him and his family. When Rabbi Schmelzer talked to me about Schreiner, he spoke with heavy emotion, as if this had just happened or, perhaps, because these were scholars who were still alive in his own mind and life. I admire that about him.

Passing of Prof. Sharon Gillerman

H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the untimely death, following several months of hospitalization battling illness,  of Prof Sharon Gillerman (1960 - 2020), holder of the Kutz Chair in Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

The HUC-JIR website provides the following summary of her career:

Re: Passing of Rabbi Dr. Hermann Schmelzer

Just an aside. If the Martin Schreiner mentioned in this was the Hungarian Rabbi who was a professor at the Berlin liberal rabbinical seminary and scholar of Medieval Islamic and Jewish thought, I see that he was born in 1863 and died in 1926 which would make him 63.
So which Schreiner "died tragically at a young age?

FEATURED JOB: Postdoctoral Associate in Modern Jewish History 2021-2023, Yale University

Yale University, Judaic Studies Program

Postdoctoral Associate in Modern Jewish History 2021-2023

The Program in Judaic Studies at Yale University is offering a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship that will begin on July 1, 2021. Candidates for the fellowship must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2021 and must have received the degree no earlier than 2018. The Program seeks a specialist in Early Modern or Modern Jewish History who will work closely with appropriate members of Yale’s faculty.

FEATURED JOB: Postdoctoral Associate in Medieval Jewish History 2021-2023, Yale University

Yale University, Judaic Studies Program

Postdoctoral Associate in Medieval Jewish History 2021-2023

 

The Program in Judaic Studies at Yale University is offering a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship that will begin on July 1, 2021. Candidates for the fellowship must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2021 and must have received the degree no earlier than 2018. The Program seeks a specialist in Medieval Jewish History who will work closely with appropriate members of Yale’s faculty.

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