The purpose of this book is to illustrate the rise of modern Judaism through the social and intellectual history of the Jews in Germany. It covers three centuries, up until the violent suppression of
the last spark of visible Jewish spiritual-intellectual life in Germany during the Second World War. As a background understanding of this intellectual development, the political, economic, and social events of this
three-century-long development are repeatedly drawn upon. This book shows the significance of German Jewry in Jewish history.