Freies Jüdisches Lehrhaus
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The designation Freies Jüdisches Lehrhaus (Free Jewish House of Study) was used by Franz Rosenzweig ([The] Star of Redemption) to label his conception of a Jewish adult education center. The expression alludes to the bet ha-midrash, the (usually affiliated with a synagogue) Lehrhaus (house of study), in which learners gather to study Midrashim – interpretative commentaries on the Torah, the doctrine revealed by God. For Rosenzweig, Lernen was not synonymous with study in the sense of academic secular knowledge; it was rather a communion, a religious act th…

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Mendes-Flohr, Paul, “Freies Jüdisches Lehrhaus”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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