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R. Nehemiah Zevi b. Joseph Nobel (1871–1922), German Orthodox rabbi and religious leader. Born in Nagymed (Hungary), he was the author of a number of exegetical and homiletical works (Hermon, 1919; Levanon, 1911; Tavor, 1899; and others). After being brought up in Halberstadt, where his father was Klausrabbinner, Nehemiah Nobel studied at the Berlin Rabbiner-Seminar. He served in the rabbinate of Cologne from 1896 to 1899, and then for several months in Koenigsberg. From there he went to the University of Marburg to study under Hermann Cohen, who had a great influence upon him, although they did not agree about Zionism. Nobel's activity in the Zionist Movement began in Cologne. He was on close terms with Theodor Herzl and David Wolffsohn and was one of the original founders of the Zionist Federation in Germany. He also took part in the founding convention of the Mizrachi movement in Pressburg (1904). Nobel's Zionist activity, motivated by his conviction that religion and nationhood are organically connected in Judaism, stood out in contrast to the united anti-Zionist front of Orthodox and liberal rabbis in Germany at the time. From 1901 he served in the rabbinate of Leipzig, from 1906 in the rabbinate of Hamburg, and finally, from 1910, in the rabbinate of Frankfort, where he succeeded Marcus Horovitz. There he prompted closer contacts with Judaism and Zionism in circles that had been drifting away from Judaism. His sermons and preachings, in which he was extraordinarily impressive, tackled topical problems. He influenced such Jewish thinkers as Ernst Simon, Oscar Wolfsberg (Y. Aviad), F. Rosenzweig, and M. Buber. The last two helped to publish the jubilee book for his 50th birthday (1921). In 1919 he was elected chairman of the Union of German Rabbis and was head of the Akademie fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums. He died a short time after having been appointed professor of religion and ethics at the University of Frankfort. A number of his sermons as well as scholarly and halakhic articles, which first appeared in Festschriften, have been published in Hebrew as Hagut ve-Halakhah (1969).