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Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) neither desired nor intended to overthrow the Talmud; he was in fact an observant Jew. Rav Hirsch (1808 – 1888) "praised Mendelssohn as ‘a most brilliant and respected personality whose commanding influence has dominated developments to this day.’" In his article "Mendelssohn in Nineteenth Century Rabbinic Literature," Meir ...


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Complex question; Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff discusses it at length. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch thought of Mendelssohn as a model neo-Orthodox Jew, while the Chasam Sofer warned his students against reading the works of "Moses [of] Desau." Rabbi Rakeffet concludes: the fact that none of Mendelssohn's children died as observant Jews doesn't prove ...


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There are a number of works about Acher, from the historical-fiction to the scholarly and Hebrew. In addition to the books I mentioned in the comments above, various books by Robert Chazan discuss the medieval figures you mention.


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There is a new book that is quite well written especially for a former Skver Chossid. It is his own memoir of his journey to apostasy but you might find it useful. All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen.



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