Kohut, Alexander; Barnett A Elzas; Max Cohen.

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New York: Publishers Printing Company, 1920. Half Cloth. 8vo. 127 pages. Black and white frontis portrait. "Alexander Kohut (1842-1894) was a rabbi and scholar. He earned his doctorate in oriental languages at the University of Leipzig in 1865, and was ordained at the Breslau Seminary in 1867. After graduation he served as rabbi in Stuhlweissenburg (Szekesfehervar, Hungary) . While there he was county superintendent of schools, the first Jew to hold this position. At Budapest in 1868, the Congress of Jewish Notables elected Kohut secretary. In 1872 he became chief rabbi of Fuenfkirchen (Pecs, Hungary) , where he remained for eight years. He was appointed to the Hungarian parliament by the prime minister as representative of the Jews, but shortly thereafter (1885) he left for the United States to serve as rabbi of Congregation Ahabath Chesed in New York. Kohut's reputation as rabbi and scholar had preceded him and he was warmly welcomed. He became involved in the struggle between the traditionalists and Reform. Out of this controversy came his Ethics of the Fathers (1885, 19202) , which established the traditionalists' position. Kohut played a major role in the establishment of the Jewish Theological Seminary and taught Midrash and Talmudic methodology there. He was one of the first scholars to write about the Yemenite Midrashim. His greatest work was the Arukh ha-Shalem (8 vols. , 1878-92) , a lexicon of Talmudic terms which Solomon Schechter called "the greatest and finest specimen of Hebrew learning ever produced by a Jew on this continent. " In form it is a new scholarly edition of the Arukh of Nathan b. Jehiel of Rome, but in fact it is a path-finding contribution to Talmudic philology in which Kohut offers etymologies and additional sources which exhibit his wide knowledge of oriental and classical languages" (Reimer, Kaddari, EJ) . SUBJECT(S) : Jewish Ethics-Morale juive. Light soiling to boards. Minimal wear, internally bright and clean. Very good condition. (AMRN-13-7A). N° de réf. du libraire 34360

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