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Rabbi Walter Jacobs Speaks to Drury Community

Rabbi Walter Jacob spoke at Drury University Thursday in honor of Drury's Founders Day. Rabbi Walter founded the first rabbinic seminary in Central Europe after the Holocaust. KSMU's Emily Nash reports.

Rabbi Walter Jacob graduated from what was then called Drury College in 1950, and came back to give the Drury and Springfield community some advice.

On Thursday, Jacob talked about guilt, and how Germany is being healed from its guilt since the Holocaust.

He says guilt is dealt with on a personal and national level.

In his lecture Jacob says that the United States can relate to Germany's admission of guilt.

He says there has been a decrease in formal religion in Central Europe, but says more people are interested in informal religion.

Jacob says the increase in informal Christianity has been the catalyst to Germany's healing.

In 2000 Jacob founded Abraham Geiger College in Germany.

It was the first rabbinic seminary founded in Central Europe since the Holocaust.

Currently 15 students attend the seminary

Jacob says religion teaches emotional and intellectual morality.

Jacob's lecture was a part of the year long Drury convocation series, Hope and Action.

You can find a list of Drury's convocation events on our web site at


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