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date: 07 August 2020

Jung, Leolocked

(20 June 1892–19 December 1987)
  • Jacob J. Schacter


Jung, Leo (20 June 1892–19 December 1987), rabbi, teacher, and author, was born in Ungarisch Brod in Moravia, the son of Meir Tzevi Jung, a rabbi, and Ernestine Silbermann. As a young man he was exposed to a number of diverse influences that combined to fashion his intellectual orientation. While yet a young lad, he attended traditional Hungarian talmudic academies in Eperjes and Galanta, and from 1911 to 1914 he continued his religious studies in the more enlightened environment of the famed Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin. Beginning in 1910 he also devoted himself to pursuing a secular education, studying philosophy and classical languages at the University of Vienna (1910–1911); Arabic, Assyrian, the history of art, English drama, German literature, and the philosophy of history at the University of Berlin (1912–1914); at the University of Marburg (1913–1914); at the University of Giessen (1914), where he received his first Ph.D.; at the University of London (1916–1918), from which he received a B.A. with honors in Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, and elementary Arabic; and at Cambridge University (1918–1919). His revised dissertation on “Legends of the Fall of Angels in Judaism and Other Religions” was approved in 1921, and the University of London awarded him a Ph.D. in 1922. While in England he received two rabbinic ordinations, one from Rabbi Mordecai Zevi Schwartz in 1915 and one from the future chief rabbi of Palestine, Rabbi Abraham Kook, in 1918. In 1920 he also received his third ordination from Rabbi David Z. Hoffmann, then rector of the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary. Jung married Irma Rothschild of Zurich in February 1922. The couple had four daughters....

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