T HE J EWISH Q UA R T E R LY R EVIEW , Vol. 106, No. 2 (Spring 2016) 133–137 On Muses and Mystics: Some Essays on Some Essays by Solomon Schechter Editor’s Introduction ‘‘AT LEAST I T I S KOSHER ’’: SOLOMON S CHECHTER’S STUDIES I N J UDAISM INEARLY A PR IL 1 896 , after the ﬁrst volume of his Studies in Judaism had already appeared in England, Solomon Schechter wrote to Mayer Sulzberger in Philadelphia, thanking him for his help in arranging to have the volume published in America by the newly established Jewish Publication Society, of which Sulzberger had been one of the founders. ‘‘I hope you will like the book,’’ wrote Schechter from Cambridge, adding that ‘‘the English was thoroughly reviewed by my friends [James] Frazer [of The Golden Bough] and [John] Sutherland Black [the translator of Wellhausen].’’ Both Scotsmen had been closely associated with their late countryman, the noted Orientalist William Robertson Smith, who had been Schechter’s colleague at Christ’s College. As Frazer’s biographer has noted, the Romanian-born rabbinic scholar became his ‘‘closest friend in the years following Smith’s death in 1894.’’ As we will see, the early 1. See Meir
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