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Frankel, Zacharias
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(Sep 30, 1801, Prague – Feb 13, 1875, Wrocław [Ger. Breslau], Poland). Frankel spent his youth in Prague, earned his doctorate at the University of Pest, and worked from 1832 initially as a district rabbi in Leitmeritz (Bohemia). In 1836 he was appointed chief rabbi in Saxony. In 1854 he assumed leadership of the newly founded Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau, where he taught until his death.

During the 1840s, Frankel formulated his moderate understanding of positive historical Judaism between the positions of Jewish orthodoxy (Judaism: III) and the strength…

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Brämer, Andreas, “Frankel, Zacharias”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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