This Day in Jewish History / A rabbinical leader who thought children should know science dies
Yechezkel Landau helped expose Jewish children to secular learning, despite his concerns that young Jews would assimilate.
On April 29, 1793, Rabbi Yechezkel ben Yehuda Landau died, in Prague, at the age of 79. As chief rabbi of the Bohemian capital, Landau was a highly influential and consulted authority, a scholar who walked a line between his devotion to Jewish law and tradition, on the one hand, and a recognition and acceptance of the outside world and the need for Jews to interact with it.
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