Ephraim Joseph Hirschfeld

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Ephraim Joseph Hirschfeld AKA Ephraim Joseph Hirschel

Germany 1758 - 1820


Comments: Freemason; Jewish; Qabalist; Ceremonial Magick; Qabalisitc partner to Hans Heinrich von Ecker und von Eckihoffem's various Masonic endeavors, with his brother Pascal providing better Hebrew than Ephram was capable of understanding and writing. Somewhat in competition with Baron Thomas von Schoenfeld who was also finding Qabalistic elements to incorporate in their Advanced Masonic degrees and their Magickal practices.

Teachers: Franz Joseph Molitor;

Students: the Landgraf Carl von Hessen-Kassel; Hans Heinrich von Ecker und von Eckihoffem;

Friends: Johann Georg Schlosser , the brother of Goethe; David Friedlander; Moses Mendelssohn;

Enemies: rivals, not enemies, Baron Thomas von Schoenfeld, Qabalist;

Organizations: The Order of the Asiatic Brethren; Die Ritter des Lichts (Knights of the Light) AKA Order of Knights and Brothers of the Light ; Die Brueder St. Johannes des Evangelisten aus Asien in Europa (the Asiatic Brethren of St. John the Evangelist in Europe) banned 1785, helped create the Melchizedek Jewish Lodges;

Author: Ephraim Joseph Hirschfeld, & Hirschfeld, Pascal: Biblical Organon real or translation of the Bible with the mystical guidance and critical comments: Genesis, Chapter 1, verses 1-5, 1796


Resources: Jews and Freemasons in Europe, Kacob Katz, 1970 ; Gershom Scholem : A-lost Jewish mystics of the Enlightenment: EJ Hirschfeld. In: Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 7 (1962), pp. 247-279. Jacob Katz: Moses Mendelssohn and EJ Hirschfeld. In: Bulletin of the Leo Baeck Institute 28 (1964), pp. 295-311.; Christoph Schulte: The Jewish Enlightenment. Philosophy, religion, history of Munich; Catherine Cook: Franz Joseph Molitor and the Jewish tradition. Studies on the kabbalistic sources of the philosophy of history. With an appendix of unpublished letters by F. Baader, E. J. Hirschfeld, FJ Molitor and FWJ Schelling; http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephraim_Joseph_Hirschfeld&prev=/search%3Fq%3DEphraim%2BJoseph%2BHirschfeld%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DAQK%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Dimvnsbo&sa=X&ei=VzopUJLuN8a36QGJuICoDA&ved=0CE0Q7gEwAQ; http://www.mindspring.com/~hellfire/bishop/trad.htm ;