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Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn, Moses, was born at Dessau in 1729. In 1755 he published his first book, written jointly with Lessing, the title being Pope as a Metaphysician. This was followed by Letters on the Feelings, Letter to Lavater, Phcedo or the Immortality of the Soul, A Code of Jewish Laws and Rites, and Jerusalem, a treatise on the influence of religion. His efforts were chiefly intended to bring about a reconciliation between Christianity and Judaism. When he died in 1786 he left an ample fortune, got in the silk trade, to his many children.