Kohut, Alexander

Kohut, Alexander

(1842–94) rabbi, scholar; born in Félegyháza, Hungary. Called to New York as rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in 1885, he soon launched a series of sermons against Reform Judaism. He helped found and taught at the conservative Jewish Theological Seminary of America. A respected scholar, he worked for years on the modernizing of an 11th-century rabbinical dictionary.
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