R. Yaakov Mecklenburg – Intellectual Profile

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R. Yaakov Mecklenburg
R. Yaakov Mecklenburg
Name
R. Yaakov Mecklenburg
ר' יעקב צבי מן גמליאל מקלנבורג
Dates1785-1865
LocationGnesen, Koenigsberg
WorksHaKetav VeHaKabbalah
Exegetical Characteristics
Influenced byShadal
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Background1

Life

  • Name – 
    • Hebrew name – ר' יעקב צבי בן גמליאל מקלנבורג
  • Dates – 1785-1865
  • Location – R. Mecklenburg spent much of his youth in Inowroclaw,2and lived in Gnesen, and Koenigsberg.
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  • Family – – His daughter married R. Baruch Gollub.
  • Teachers – R. Zecharyah Mendel b. R. David Tevele3
  • Contemporaries – R. Samuel David Luzzatto,4 R.Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer5
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  • Time period – R. Mecklenburg lived through times of great social upheaval including Jewish emancipation, and the Haskalah and Reform movements. Despite his anti-Reform agenda, R. Mecklenburg operated within a united Jewish community in Koenigsburg, where the Reform community was relatively moderate and respected, to some extent, R. Mecklenburg's authority.6
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Works

  • Biblical commentaries – HaKetav VeHaKabbalah on the Torah7
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  • Jewish thought – Iyyun Tefilah8
  • Other works – R. Mecklenburg's extant letters and approbations are important sources for his history and thought.9
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Torah Commentary

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