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Victorian Jews

Moses Montefiore: The Most Important Jew of the 19th Century

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

The achievement of Abigail Green in her biography of Moses Montefiore is to reframe the current Jewish situation in order to allow us to see him as an individual who merged the disparate parts of Jewish identity.

Finding Jewish Feminism in a Handbook from Victorian England

David Shasha | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Judith Montefiore's The Jewish Manual is a fascinating document of Victorian Jewish England. It is emblematic of a Jewish civilization whose Orthodox practices were fused with the values of secular modernity.