A voice that spoke for justice: the life and times of by Melvin I. Urofsky

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 iteration of titans nonetheless courses the present modes of yank Jewish lifestyles. The final of those giants was once the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of yankee Zionism, author of the yankee and international 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 aware of 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 examine, it succeeds in revealing the real tale in the back of a mythical and arguable determine in American Jewish background.

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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. The officers of the congregation finally persuaded him to go home, but after a short rest, he returned to the synagogue. Once again he became ill and went home, where he collapsed and died before doctors, summoned from the services, could reach him. 40 It was a crushing blow for Wise, depriving him not only of parental affection but of the guidance upon which he had so heavily relied.

He would be seen as "Aaron's boy" for years to come, his every word and action compared to what his father might have said or done. At B'nai Jeshurun, or wherever else he might go, he would be the rabbi; at Rodeph Sholom the shadow of his father would always be there behind him. His father's death proved, in many ways, a cleavage in Stephen Wise's life. Behind him now lay his youth, his doubts about his own abilities, his entrance into the world of Jewish affairs. In the years immediately following Aaron's death, Wise entered a new phase of his career, and took several steps that profoundly altered his life.

The main body of the Wise Papers is in the Library of the American Jewish Historical Society, and my work there truly became a pleasure thanks to the librarian, Dr. Nathan M. Kaganoff, and his assistants, Nehemiah Ben-Zev and Martha B. Katz-Hyman. I value the Society's director, Bernard Wax, and assistant director, Stanley Remsberg, not only as friends but for the hospitality they inevitably showed in my often frenetic descents upon the premises. A secondary body of Wise materials is in the American Jewish Archives, and Mrs.

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