By Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff
In 1906 a talented younger Talmudic scholar
named Bernard Revel got here to the
United States within the wave of mass
immigration from jap Europe. "As he
looked approximately, he came upon Orthodox
Judaism in a sorry, pathetic nation of chaos and confusion. The rabbis born and bredin Europe have been discovered students and
masters of the spiritual legislations, in all its
minutiae. conversant in deference,
even reverence, as well-known gurus and group leaders, they got here right into a bordering on anarchy in
Jewish spiritual existence, in a brand new land of
unprecedented tolerance and freedom.
with no wisdom of the English
language and American tradition, European
rabbis may command no recognize and
exert no inﬂuence at the young.
Bernard Revel decided to create a
school of Talmudic research that might also
provide an American university schooling
to supply American Orthodox
rabbis who may perhaps mildew and maintain a attainable actual Judaism within the New World.
This is the tale of the guy and his
vision, and his fulfillment. From a
modest yeshiva in a synagogue building
on New York's decrease East part, to
imposing quarters at the heights of
Upper big apple, Bernard Revel
steered the path and improvement of
Yeshiva university, the 1st university of
liberal arts and sciences less than Jewish
auspices, until eventually it turned a potent
educational strength, a veritable dynamo, in
American Jewry, that remained
consistently unswerving to its New-World imaginative and prescient ofTorah Judaism.
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Are the responsa literature and the codes of Jewish Law. Because many historians did not have these sources available to them they were not able to write an accurate account of Jewish History. They were not even able to compre hend the sources available to them since many times the unavail able material clarified the available material. To meet these needs, we are now preparing to print an index to all matters pertaining to Jewish History and culture which are found in the responsa literature and codes of Jewish Law.
His fields of study included ancient Hindu philosophy, oriental languages, and economics. In law he studied the development of the American Constitution and the Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and American legal systems. Revel was not overly interested in the study of secular law, however, and Jewish studies remained his main preoccupation. In 1908 Revel appeared before the scholarly world for the first time, with an ambitious plan for the compilation of an index to the vast responsa literature pertaining to Jewish Law that had been written since the completion of the Talmud in 475 C .
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