Moses Mendelssohn and the Promise of the Enlightenment
Guided Tour for Adults
This tour concentrates on the Haskalah, the period of the Jewish Enlightenment that began in the eighteenth century, and on its most famous proponent, Moses Mendelssohn.
As no other, Moses Mendelssohn exemplified the movement to open Jewish tradition to the majority culture. Jewish men and women began to adapt their language and traditions to their environment. As a representative of the Haskalah, Mendelssohn championed the synthesis of both cultures – Jewish and Christian. He lived as a cosmopolitan, enlightened thinker and ardent supporter of Frederick the Great, while strictly observing Jewish religious law. The commitment of Mendelssohn and others like him to greater interaction between the Jewish and the Christian worlds met with opposition from contemporaries on all sides. Orthodox Jews saw their traditions jeopardized; Christians were loath to show tolerance.
60 euros (plus admission fee; one chaperon free of charge)
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