Berlin; L. Gerschel, 1877. Item #28887
Clothbound. 8vo. 92 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In German with some Hebrew. Title translates as: “Seven festival sermons in the Berlin community synagogues. “ Contents: the sermon on the first day of Shavuot, on the second day of Shavuot, the first New Year's day, on the second New Year's day, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and final sermon on the Day of Atonement. David Kaufmann (1852-1899) was a Jewish-Austrian scholar. “He was educated at Kojetein; and from 1861 to 1867 he attended the gymnasium at Kremsir, where he studied the Bible and Talmud with Jacob Brüll, rabbi of Kojetein, and with the latter's son Nehemiah. In 1867 he went to the Jewish Theological Seminary at Breslau, where he studied for ten years, attending at the same time the university of that city. In the summer of 1874 he received his Ph. D. From the University of Leipsic; and on Jan. 29, 1877, he was ordained rabbi. In the latter year he declined the offer of a professorship at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Cincinnati [sic, New York], preferring to accept instead the chairs of history, philosophy of religion, and homiletics at the newly founded rabbinical school at Budapest, which he continued to hold till his death. He also at the same time taught Greek and German in the preparatory school of the same institution, carrying on this work in the Hungarian language, which he had rapidly mastered. As librarian of the seminary he acquired the large library of Lelio della Torre of Padua, the library of the seminary becoming by this addition one of the most valuable Hebrew libraries of Europe. As a teacher Kaufmann was highly successful; and his relation to his students was that of friendly adviser. He maintained a lively correspondence not only with the most eminent Jewish scholars, but also with the leaders in other branches of science. Kaufmann was a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Madrid and a member of the executive committee of the Budapest branch of the Alliance Israélite Universelle. ” (From the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) . Subjects: Jewish sermons -- Germany. OCLC lists 14 copies worldwide. Backstrip shaken. Covers lightly worn. First endpage loose, pages lightly aged, but clean and fresh. Good + condition. (GER-36-36).