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The Career of a Mediator. Manuel Joël, Conservative Liberal

not violate them. As all religious Jews accept these fundamental tenets, there is no theological basis for division into opposing religious movements; Jewish religious differences are limited to inessentials. Playing the role of mediator, Joël argues for stressing this common ground and giving less attention to points of separation in ritual and liturgy. The existing differences should be bridged by compromises that would be acceptable to the broadest spectrum of the community. There could be no reasonable objection to abbreviating the liturgy, dividing the weekly

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

alleged expressions of German cultural superiority over Hungarians, Einige Leser des Ben-Chananja, “Pest, im Mai,” Ben-Chananja 2.6 (1859), pp. 280-282, and especially Löw’s footnote p. 280. of being an autodidact in the Talmud—unlike Löw, he had not attended a yeshiva. R. “Groß-Kanizsa, im August,” Ben-Chananja 2.9 (1859), pp. 431-432. Löw repeatedly stressed that Meisel was a foreigner and did not speak Hungarian, Footnote to Ben-Chananja 2.9 (1859), p. 430. apparently forgetting that he, Löw, had been in the same situation when he arrived in Hungary 20 years

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