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During Ephraim?s later years of residence in Lvov, Ephraim took on the additional responsibilities of serving as head of its yeshiva. When the historians of 19th-century Jewry looked for a paradigm of harmonious coexistence of Jewish tradition with general intellectual culture, they turned to the ?golden age? of Spain in the Middle Ages. It was easy in that context to belittle or ignore the achievements of the Polish Golden Age, or the symbiosis of Jewish and general learning that was fostered briefly during that period. As the famous tale reminds us, people go abroad to seek treasure and ignore what is buried in their own back yard. Happily, the treasures of Ashkenazic Jewish learning are now being reclaimed. The works and legacy of R. Solomon Ephraim Luntshitz should be counted among them.

Keywords: Jewish tradition; Polish Golden Age; polish-Jewish renaissance; Solomon Ephraim Luntshitz



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