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Maskilim
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From the beginning of the 19th century onward, the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) began to spread, including in Jewish communities in Eastern Europe that had been traditional up to that time. Many of the Enlightenment thinkers (Hebr. maskilim, sing. maskil) there promoted Enlightenment ideas like rationalism, humanism, and liberalism in their work as teachers, authors, and journalists. This set of ideas was disseminated through…

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Zalkin, Mordechai, “Maskilim”, 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 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0520>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312



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