Scholar quarreled with almost all his contemporaries.
Nevertheless, it is extremely precarious to conclude from this, as does Mortimer Cohen, that Emden was sexually maladjusted. He never carried out his theories in practice and was looked upon by later Jewish teachers as a holy man. The Hasidim often refer to Emden as "the Holy Old Man," even though there is what seems to be an attack on early Hasidism in a work by Emden.
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