Meaning of Jewish Enlightenment in English:

Jewish Enlightenment


  • An intellectual movement among Jewish people in central and eastern Europe during the late 18th and 19th centuries, having as its object the modernization of Judaism and Jewish culture through both an increased knowledge of secular arts and sciences and assimilation with the general population.

    Also known as the Haskalah.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Pall Mall Gazette.