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Leo Baeck

Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck (23 May 1873 – 2 November 1956) was a 20th-century German rabbi, scholar, and theologian. He served as leader of Reform Judaism in his native country and internationally, and later represented all German Jews during the Nazi era. After the Second World War, he settled in London, in the United Kingdom, where he served as the chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In 1955, the Leo Baeck Institute for the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry was established, and Baeck was its first international president. The Leo Baeck Medal has been awarded since 1978 to those who have helped preserve the spirit of German-speaking Jewry in culture, academia, politics, and philanthropy.


📖 Feldgebetbuch für die jüdischen Mannschaften des Heeres, by Rabbi Dr. Wilhelm Münz (1914)

Contributed on: 18 Jan 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (digital imaging and document preparation) | Leo Baeck | Wilhelm Münz |

A small prayerbook for German-Jewish men serving as military personnel on behalf of the German Empire (Second Reich) during what later became known as World War Ⅰ. . . .

Gebet im Judentum | Prayer in Judaism, by Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck (1935)

Contributed on: 24 Feb 2024 by Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Leo Baeck |

Rabbi Leo Baeck’s essay on prayer “Gebet im Judentum,” was published in the “Judentum und Gebet” issue of Bne Briss (September/October 1935), top of page 82. . . .

Life Is What We Make It, a prayer-poem based on the writings of Rabbi Leo Baeck by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

Contributed on: 01 Sep 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Mordecai Kaplan | Leo Baeck |

A prayer-poem by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan based on the writings of Rabbi Leo Baeck, as published in the Sabbath Prayer Book (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1945), p.426-7. . . .

Ohne dich | Without you, a prayer for Natalie Baeck by Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck (7 March 1937)

Contributed on: 08 Feb 2024 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Aharon N. Varady (translation) | Leo Baeck |

This is Rabbi Dr. Leo Beack’s prayer for his wife Natalie Baeck née Hamburger (1878-1937), dated 7 March 1937. Natalie had died two days prior on 5 March. . . .

Prayer for all Jewish Communities in Germany for the Eve of the Day of Atonement, by Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck (10 October 1935)

Contributed on: 05 Feb 2024 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Leo Baeck |

This is the prayer which Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck had disseminated to Jewish communities throughout Germany to recite on Yom Kippur, 10 October 1935. The German text here is as found in the archival notes of Helmut Grünewald, Ein Judenjunge durfte kein Deutscher sein (Bristol, 1998), pp. 20-21 in the collection of the Leo Baeck Institute. The English translation is as published by Dr. Michael Meyer in Rabbi Leo Baeck: Living a Religious Imperative in Troubled Times (2020), pp. 106-107. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck on 12 February 1948

Contributed on: 05 Feb 2024 by Leo Baeck | United States Congressional Record |

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on Lincoln’s Birthday, 12 February 1948. . . .

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