Moses Mendelssohn: Sage of Modernity (Jewish Lives)
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"An all-encompassing biography of Mendelssohn . Feiner describes Mendelssohn's intellectual and social ascent in a tight, concise narrative."—Publishers Weekly
Feiner, a leading scholar of Jewish intellectual history, examines Mendelssohn as father and husband, as a friend (Mendelssohn’s long-standing friendship with the German dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was seen as a model for Jews and non-Jews worldwide), as a tireless advocate for his people, and as an equally indefatigable spokesman for the paramount importance of intellectual independence.. A Berlin celebrity and a major figure in the Enlightenment, revered by Immanuel Kant, Mendelssohn suffered the indignities common to Jews of his time while formulating the philosophical foundations of a modern Judaism suited for a new age. The “German Socrates,” Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) was the most influential Jewish thinker of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His most influential books included the groundbreaking Jerusalem and a translation of the Bible into German that paved the way for generations of Jews to master the language of the larger culture.Feiner’s book is the first that offers a full, human portrait of this fascinating man—uncommonly modest, acutely aware of his task as an intellectual pioneer, shrewd, traditionally Jewish, yet thoro
The most accessible and, in some respects, best biography of Mendelssohn to date goodmusicman Since the review titled "A Love Letter Does not a Biography Make" is not really a review of Feiner's book about Mendelssohn but more of a polemic against Mendelssohn (and the Enlightenment), I feel compelled to write a review of this book.While Alexander Altmann's Moses Mendelss. "A New Biography of Moses Mendelssohn" according to Philip Brantingham. If not the widest-known philosopher of the Enlightenment today, Moses Mendelssohn still was famous in his time. A Jew, he managed to overcome the anti-semitism of his time and garner praise from many contemporaries, including Immanuel Kant, who admired his writings and was a clo. Phenomenal! This book gives an explanation of how Christians and Jews thought and how they viewed each other during the enlightenment in Berlin. One is given insight into the prejudices and fears of both groups - in an engrossing and sensitive and intelligent way.