||This is the text of a sermon delivered at the Israelitischen Temple in Hamburg at the time of the High Holidays of 5653 (1892), which was the time of a cholera epidemic (as the title calls it "a time of heavy affliction").
Dr. David Leimdörfer (1851–1922), Hungarian-born Reform rabbi and scholar. After serving as rabbi at Nordhausen, Germany, from 1875 to 1883, he became preacher at the Hamburg Reform temple; he was a brilliant orator. Leimdörfer took a moderate line in the Reform movement.
His works include three studies of Psalms, Psalterklaenge, Homiletische Einleitung in die Psalmen (1894), Psalter-Ego in den lch-Psalmen (1898), and Die Himmel ruehmen (1906); two studies of Ecclesiastes, Der "Prediger Salomonis" in historischer Beleuchtung (1892) and Loesung des Kohelethraetsels durch den Philosophen Barukh ibn Barukh (1900); a study of Esther, Zur Kritik des Buches Esther (1899); and shorter works, including Messias-Apokalypse (1895), Altbiblische Priestersegen (1900), and Talmudische Ethik des Alphabets (1912). He edited the centenary volume of the Hamburg Reform temple Festschrift zum hundertjaehrigen Bestehen des Israelitischen Tempels in Hamburg (1918); many of his sermons were published, and he wrote textbooks for Jewish schools.