"Moses Mendelssohn’s Hebrew Writings" by Moses Mendelssohn

Moses Mendelssohn’s Hebrew Writings Moses Mendelssohn, Edward Breuer, David Sorkin

Yale Judaica Series
Publication date:
15 May 2018
Yale University Press
528 pages: 235 x 156mm

The first annotated English translation of the Hebrew writings of the great eighteenth-century Berlin philosopher

German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) was one of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers. While many of his German works have been translated into English, the majority of his Hebrew works have been largely inaccessible. This volume of expertly translated works makes an important contribution to modern Jewish thought. Refuting the notion that Mendelssohn led a bifurcated intellectual and spiritual existence, these texts demonstrate Mendelssohn’s ability to transform traditional religious genres into vehicles for philosophical argumentation, thereby allowing for a fuller understanding of this formative figure.

Edward Breuer teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he also lives. David Sorkin is the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT, and New York City.

“The scholarship is of the highest caliber. Learned and illuminating . . . . A major contribution.”—Michah Gottlieb, New York University

“The scholarship is of the highest caliber; the editors have a full command of the Mendelssohn literature . . . a major contribution.”— Michah Gottlieb,

“The translations themselves are not only much more plentiful, but, in my opinion, superior to any existing ones, whether in German or in English. This is an excellent work of scholarship.”—Charles H. Manekin, University of Maryland