By Melvin I. Urofsky
Within the first 1/2 this century, a skilled and charismatic management restructured the yankee Jewish group to fulfill 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 was once the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of yank Zionism, author of the yankee and global Jewish Congresses, and founding father of the Jewish Institute of faith. As rabbi of the unfastened Synagogue, clever led the struggle for a dwelling Judaism aware of social problems.
This engrossing learn is greater than a chronicle of an ethnic community's adjustment to a number society. due to 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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The valuable comments they made justified, at least in my mind, my behavior, and the final product is far better for my having had the Page xi benefit of their knowledge. Jerome Eckstein of the State University of New York at Albany, Susan Estabrook Kennedy of Virginia Commonwealth University, David W. Levy of the University of Oklahoma, and Stephen Whitfield of Brandeis University contributed far more than they can ever know to whatever merits this book may have; the flaws are mine alone. Throughout the years I have worked on this and other studies, my family has been more than a source of inspriration.
He was not averse to ideas, nor frightened by them; indeed, his wide range of acquaintances and reading indicate a curious mind, a man eager to learn about new areas. The period of his first ministry at B'nai Jeshurun can thus be seen as a growing period for Stephen Wise, a time in which he sorted out his ideas and dreams while making himself into an effective rabbi and preacher. These were happy and busy years, marred only by his father's death. On March 30, 1896, while officiating at Passover services, Aaron suddenly complained of not feeling well.
His wife later recalled the old teacher in bed, too weak to hold the volume they were studying and the young men taking turns holding the book for him as he gave them their lessons. 14 To prepare himself more thoroughly for the rabbinate, Wise left City College at the end of his junior year and transferred to Columbia, so that he could study with Richard J. 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.
A voice that spoke for justice: the life and times of Stephen S. Wise by Melvin I. Urofsky