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Eckman, Julius (1805–05 July 1874), rabbi and newspaper editor, was born in Rawicz, in the Polish region of Posen, the son of Wolf Eckman, a forwarding agent, and Esther Cerke. As a young boy, he received a traditional Jewish education at a time when a noted champion of Orthodoxy, Rabbi Akiba Eger, led Posen’s rabbinate. Eckman’s father sent him to London in 1819 in the hope that he could acquire experience in the realm of international merchandising. After three agonizing years on the streets of London, the young boy returned home and convinced his father to allow him to continue his studies in Berlin. Eckman completed his doctoral studies at the Royal Frederick Wilhelm College following a five-year program of study at the University of Berlin. He earned his rabbinic title simultaneously under the tutelage of a variety of traditional Jewish scholars in Berlin and the neighboring city of Prenzlau....

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Isaacs, Samuel Myer (04 January 1804–19 May 1878), rabbi and journalist, was born in Leeuwarden, Holland, the son of Myer Samuel Isaacs, a banker and teacher (mother’s name unknown). Isaacs and his family moved to London when he was young during Napoleon’s occupation of the Netherlands. He received his elementary and secondary school education in London and served for a brief period as principal of an orphan asylum....