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Reform Judaism In the 19th Century The most extreme precursor to the Reform movement was a man by the name of Samuel Holdheim He was born in 1806 in Kempo in the province of Posen At a young age he studied at a yeshiva and received a Talmudic education He began to study German and secular subjects after his marriage to a woman with a modern education After their divorce several years later he began studying at the University of Prague and Berlin and received a doctorate from the University of Leipzig Following service in Frankfurt -Am-Oder he became a Landesrabbiner or chief Rabbi of Mecklenberg-Schewerin In the year 1847 he became the rabbinate of a reform congregation in Berlin At this point he already disapproved of most liberal Rabbis and came to be known as the most exemplar of reform Rabbis in all of Europe 241 The question comes to mind as to what exactly triggered this different belief in Judaism which differed significantly from previous tenents It started during the time of the French revolution a time when European Jews were for the first time recognized as citizens of the countries in which they lived in Ghettos were being abolished special badges were no longer required and Jews could dress the way they wanted settle were they pleased and work the occupations they desired Many Jews settled outside of Jewish districts and began to live like their neighbors and speak the language of the land They went to public schools and began to neglect Jewish Studies and forget about he Shulchan Aruch
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