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Akiva Eger was born in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, Hungary (now Austria). He was educated at the Mattersdorf yeshiva and later by his uncle, Rabbi Wolf Eger, (1756-1795), at the Breslau (Wrocław) yeshiva. He served as the rabbi of Märkisch Friedland, West Prussia, from 1791 to 1815; and then the city of Posen (Poznań) for the remaining years of his life. Eger was a rigorous casuist of the old school, and his chief works were legal notes and responsa on the Talmud and the Shulkhan Arukh. He believed that religious education was enough, and thus opposed the party which favored secular schools. He was a determined foe of the Reform movement. Eger died in Posen in 1837.
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Unknown Artist: Rabbi Akiba Eger, Leo Baeck Institute Art and Objects Collection, 80.128.
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