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(hɑˈskɑ lɑ, ˌhɑ skɑˈlɑ)

an 18th–19th-century movement among central and E European Jews, intended to modernize Jews and Judaism by encouraging adoption of secular European culture.
[1900–10; < Hebrew haśkālāh enlightenment]
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The printing and distribution of a bilingual Hebrew-German edition of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah by the imperial Russian Ministry for Popular Education in 1850-52 shows that Maimonides' works were still considered powerful tools in the struggle between maskalim and orthodox Jewry during the middle of the nineteenth century.