Weekly Freebies: R. AE Kaplan

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R. Avraham Eliyahu Kaplan was the brilliant, Telz-trained dean of the Hildesheimer Institute who died prematurely at the age of 34 in 1924. R. Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer wrote the following essay about R. Kaplan, describing his life and radical thoughts: link. The AishDas website contains links to a number of items related to R. Kaplan, including some essays, poems and music: link.

Specifically, R. Kaplan’s essays:

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  1. I notice that RYGB thanks Prof. Kaplan at the end of his essay. Does that imply that Prof. Kaplan is a descendant of R. Kaplan?

  2. Lawrence Kaplan

    I am not a descendant of Rav A. E. Kaplan, just a great admirer of his. Glad to see his writings are available online.

  3. It would be great if Prof Kaplan could translate beikvos hayirah….its difficult language but would benefit a lot of people

  4. Lawrence Kaplan

    Avrohom: Actually, I’ve considered it.

  5. Well if I can help in pushing you, will gladly oblige. I’ve read a few parts of the sefer but find the language very difficult and am sure many other people find the same. The content though is remarkable.

  6. I second Avrohom.

  7. By the way, here’s a short biography on Rabbi Kaplan: http://www.artscroll.com/images/insides/gjlh-7.html#view-link

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