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Kohelet Musar
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Hebrew periodical, compiled and published by Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786; Bi’ur) and his friend Tuvia (possibly Tuvia Bock) around 1755 in Germany. In its efforts to establish a connection between the Enlightenment and Judaism, Kohelet Musar (preacher of morals) reflects the literary and philosophical currents of the time and anticipates the Haskalah. Above all, it attests to a growing desire to revitalize the Hebrew language and its literature and to pave the way for a moderate model of Enlightenment.

For a long time Kohelet Musar was widely unknown, and at first gl…

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Pelli, Moshe, “Kohelet Musar”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0412>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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