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Adolph or Adolf (Aaron) Jellinek, was born June 36th, 1821, in Drslavice, in the modern day Czech Republic. He was born into a Jewish family and then decided to pursue a rabbinical career. He did so with first by filling a variety of clerical positions in Leipzig Synagogues, from 1845 to 1856, after which he became a preacher at the Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna in 1856. He was associated with the promoters of the New Learning within Judaism, and wrote on the history of the Kabbalah in the tradition of Western scholarship. Jellinek is also known for his work in German on Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia, one of the earliest students of Kabbalah who was born in Spain in 1240. His most important work lay in three directions: the six parts of his Beth ha-Midrasch, ethnic psychology and synagogue oration. He died on December 28th, 1893, in Vienna.

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Schmid, Hermann: Rabbi Adolph (Aaron) Jellinek (b. Moravia 1820-1893), Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 86.45.

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