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The Haskalah Movement in Russia

The Haskalah Movement in Russia

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The Project GutenbergeBook, The HaskalahMovement in Russia,by Jacob S. Raisin
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 Title: The Haskalah Movement in RussiaAuthor: Jacob S. RaisinRelease Date: May 27, 2005 [eBook #15921]Language: EnCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THEHASKALAH MOVEMENT IN RUSSIA*** 
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THE HASKALAHMOVEMENT IN RUSSIA
 And the "Maskilim" shall shine As the brightness of the firmament ...Many shall run to and fro, And knowledge shall be increased
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—Dan. xii. 3-4 Tobias Cohn, 1652-1759, From the Frontispiece of hisMa'aseh Tobiah
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 JACOB S. RAISIN, PH.D., D.D.
Author of "Sect, Creed and Custom in Judaism," etc.
 
PHILADELPHIATHE JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY OF AMERICA
1913
 
TO AARON S. RAISINYour name, dear father, will not be found in the following pages, for, like "the waters of the Siloam that run softly," youever preferred to pursue your useful course in unassumingsilence. Yet, as it is your life, devoted entirely to meditating,learning, and teaching, that inspired me in my effort, Idedicate this book to you; and I am happy to know that Ithus not only dedicate it to one of the noblest of Maskilim,but at the same time offer you some slight token of theesteem and affection felt for you by Your Son
,
 JACOB S. RAISIN
 
CONTENTS
 
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
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PREFACE
 To the lover of mankind the history of the Russo-Jewishrenaissance is an encouraging and inspiring phenomenon.Seldom has a people made such rapid strides forward as theRussian Jews. From the melancholy regularity that markedtheir existence a little more than two generations ago, fromthe darkness of the Middle Ages in which they were steepeduntil the time of Alexander II, they emerged suddenly intothe life and light of the West, and some of the most intrepiddevotees of latter-day culture, both in Europe and inAmerica, have come from among them. Destitute of everything that makes for enlightenment, and under thedominion of a Government which sought to extinguish thefew rushlights that scattered the shadows around them, theynevertheless snatched victory from defeat, sloughed off medieval superstition, and, disregarding the Dejanira shirt of 

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