This Day in Jewish History 1883: The Founder of the Ethical School of Judaism Dies

Rabbi Israel Salanter did not denigrate ritual: He felt that ethical behavior, such as caring for sick Jews on Shabbat, should supersede.

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On February 2, 1883, Rabbi Israel Lipkin (Salanter), founder of the “musar” (ethical) school of Jewish religious thought, died, at the age of 72. Though controversial during his lifetime, the teachings of...