In 1913, I assembled and headed a small circle of Jews interested in education.1 As we formulated plans for a Jewish school of advanced studies (which World War I prevented from materializing), I proposed that the course of studies of the prospective institution be guided by the concept of a Hebrew humanism. By this I meant that just as the West has for centuries drawn educative vigor from the language and the writings of antiquity, so does the pivotal place in our system of education belong to the language and the writings of classical Israel. It is for these forces that we must win new focal influence; that they may, out of the raw materials of contemporary life and its tasks, fashion a human being with new Jewish dignity.
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- 3.Dante, Convivio, 4, v. 12. Cf. Konrad Burdach, “Über den Ursprung des Humanismus” (1914), in Reformation, Renaissance, Humanismus (1918) (Darmstadt: Wiss. Buchgesellschaft, 1963), p. 157.Google Scholar