Rede, R. Osias Chahes, Odessa 1889 (47924)

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Lot Number: 47924
Title (English): Rede gehalten von Osias Chahes am Grabe des Odessaer Stadt Rabbiners
Title (Hebrew): שבעה חקירות
Note: Only Edition - No copy NLI or other major collections
Author: R. Osias Chahes
City: Odessa
Publication Date: 1889
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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Only edition, octavo, 8 pp. 215:140 mm., wide margins, age staining. A very good copy bound in as issued.

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Detail Description

Title: Rede gehalten von Osias Chahes am Grabe des Odessaer Stadt Rabbiners D-R S. L. Schwabacher

Speech given, in German, at the graveside of the Odessa City Rabbi D-R S. L. (Simeon Aryeh) Schwabacher. The speech begins “It is up to me to address the sad, albeit honorable duty, at the occasion of the unveiling of the monument about which our community wishes me to say a few words.” The speaker concludes “Peace for your ashes you unforgettable, ideal man. Your life’s work was a difficult one. May the earth become light for you.”

D-R S. L. (Simeon Aryeh) Schwabacher (1819–1888) was a rabbi and preacher. Born in Oberndorf, Wuerttemberg, Germany, Schwabacher served as rabbi and preacher in Prague, Hamburg, Landsberg, and Schwerin. Later he went to Lemberg (1856–60) to act as preacher of the "enlightened" congregation, and in 1860 he was invited by the maskilim of Odessa, with the support of the governor of the town, Count Stroganov, to act as kazyonny ravvin. His sermons in German made him well known; he published several works of homiletics, introduced new practices into the Great Synagogue of the town such as a choir, and concerned himself with the organization of modern relief activities for the poor. He also established the vocational school Trud, a mutual aid society of Jewish shop clerks, a soup kitchen, an orphanage, and an old-age home. His ignorance of Yiddish constituted a barrier between him and the masses and with the rise of a Russian-speaking class of maskilim his influence with the Jewish intellegentsia also declined. His opposition to Ḥibbat Zion also caused him to lose popularity within the community, and in 1887 D-R Schwabacher was removed from his rabbinical office. During his 27 years as rabbi he made an important contribution to the shaping of the character of the Odessa community as the first modern community in Russia.


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