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Biographical/Historical Information

Zacharias Frankel was a most influential historian and rabbi, born in Prague in 1801. After serving as rabbi in Bohemia and in Dresden, he was appointed head of the newly founded rabbinical seminary in Breslau in 1854, a position that he held till his death in 1875. His lasting importance lies with his development of a “positive-historical” Judaism that accepts academic and historical research willing to consider liturgical changes, while still adhering to many traditional customs.

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Zacharias Frankel, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2164.