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Rabbi Wolf Meisel’s Attempt to Establish a Midstream Judaism in Hungary, 1859-1867

Izraelita edited by two rabbinical colleagues, Leopold Rokonstein and Wilhelm Józseffy, pressured the community to dismiss him. Carmel opened a new patriotic front, compensating its own use of German. Meisel’s collaborator Heinrich Deutsch— nomen est omen— warned at the same time to precipitate Magyarization of community schools. Meisel himself dedicated his book to minister József Eötvös (1813-1871), and he spoke at commemoration events for the first anniversary of the death of Hungary’s national hero, count István Széchenyi (1791-1860). Carmel , II,15 (Apr. 12, 1861

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