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By Melvin I. Urofsky

Within the first 1/2 this century, a skilled and charismatic management restructured the yankee Jewish group to satisfy the calls for and possibilities of a pluralistic, secular society. The paintings of this new release of titans nonetheless courses the present modes of yankee Jewish lifestyles. The final of those giants used to be the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of yankee Zionism, author of the yankee and global Jewish Congresses, and founding father of the Jewish Institute of faith. As rabbi of the loose Synagogue, clever led the struggle for a residing Judaism attentive to social problems.

This engrossing examine is greater than a chronicle of an ethnic community's adjustment to a number society. because of Melvin Urofsky's painstaking study, it succeeds in revealing the genuine tale at the back of a mythical and debatable determine in American Jewish heritage.

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Emanu-El 49 5. The Free Synagogue 59 6. Rabbi of the Free Synagogue 73 7. The Rabbi as Progressive 91 8. Wilson and the New Freedom 107 9. Zionism Redivivus 116 10. War ... 134 11. and Peace 152 12. "Slightly Dispirited" 169 13. The Jewish Institute of Religion 182 14. Ivri Anochi 193 15. Great Betrayals 203 16. In the Prime of Life 224 17. The Political Rabbi 238 18. A Voice in the Wilderness 260 19. Non Possumus! 276 20. In Congress Assembled 290 21. Conflicts 308 22. Holocaust 317 23. Dissent in Zion 332 24.

Later in the summer, Issac Wise reluctantly agreed to so register him, but urged that it would be better if he did his doctorate from afar and joined his classmates at the school. 17 Before starting his studies, however, Wise prepared to accompany his father to Palestine. Reb Joseph had died in 1881, and his widow had declined Aaron's repeated invitations to join him and his family in New York. Instead, she chose to go to the Holy Land, and wrote her son: "I go not to live there but to die there.

H. Gottheil, the son of another of his father's friends, Gustav Gottheil, rabbi at the prestigious Temple Emanu-El. Richard Gottheil had singlehandedly built up the Semitics Department at Columbia, and taught Hebrew, Arabic, and Syriac. Wise took all of these, and also wrote his senior thesis under Gottheil on "Judaea Capta," the battle of the ancient Hebrews against Rome. During that year at Columbia, Wise continued his extracurricular interest in oratory and debate, and received several invitations to speak at synagogues around the city.

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