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Colleges and Universities, Jewish
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The tradition of Jewish colleges (Yeshivah) goes back to ancient times and derives from the study of written and oral teachings. Medieval Hebrew designations for academic degrees come astonishingly close to the Latin ones: chawer/magister, moreh/doctor. Groups cultivating religious traditions developed around the Yeshivot, as for example those belonging to Ashkenazi Judaism (II) in Speyer, Worms, and Mainz.

Around 1800, governments began to consider how to improve the educational level of Jews and attempted to modernize the Jewish popula…

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Kaufmann, Uri R., “Colleges and Universities, Jewish”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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