The Childhood and Youth of a Man of the Enlightenment

Peter Beer


I was born on 19 February 1758 in Nový Bydžov [in Bohemia] of well-to-do parents who destined me at birth to be a rabbi, a common practice among the Israelites then. For at that time, when all institutions of higher learning were closed to Israelites, and every scholarly discipline remained unknown to them, the Talmud touched upon scholarly…

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