Childhood and Education

Robert Liberles

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This chapter shows how knowledge of the German language among Jews increased during the course of the 18th century. By the latter part of the century, governments increasingly mandated rudimentary education in the German language and basic math skills, but the greater focus on commerce had already paved the way for more attention to these subjects among Jews even prior to government intervention. Wealthier Jews could hire private instructors for themselves or for their children. Some Jews who could not afford a tutor taught themselves basic German skills. Dissatisfaction with Jewish education in Germany did not originate with the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. Across the spectrum of Jewish life, by the late 18th century a strong sense had developed that an extensive reform of Jewish education was badly needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199871346
ISBN (Print)9780195171648
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Childhood
  • German jews
  • German language
  • Haskalah
  • Jewish education
  • Schools
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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