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The term maskilah (Hebr., pl. maskilot) refers to an educated Jewish woman who participated in the Jewish Enlightenment movement (Haskalah). From the mid-19th century onward, Enlightenment thinkers (Maskilim) from the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe promoted not only secular education for girls but also training in traditional values and, especially, in the Hebrew language. This linguistic knowledge enabled Jewish girls and women to begin to partic…

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Cohen, Tova, “Maskilah”, 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 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0519>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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