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By Melvin I. Urofsky

Within the first half 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 publications the present modes of yankee Jewish existence. The final of those giants used to be the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of yank Zionism, author of the yank and international 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 research is greater than a chronicle of an ethnic community's adjustment to a number society. due to Melvin Urofsky's painstaking learn, it succeeds in revealing the genuine tale in the back of a mythical and debatable determine in American Jewish background.

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He also was influenced by his father, who hoped that his son would pursue a scholarly career alongside his rabbinic duties. 29 As early as the 1920s rumors were rife that Wise's dissertation had been ghostwritten. New names were put forth from time to time as the "real author" of the translation, but no hard evidence ever confirmed these suspicions. Page 13 The most persuasive case for a ghostwriter has been made by the noted Hebraicist, Professor Jacob Kabakoff. In 1966, Kabakoff published a study of Zvi Gershoni (Henry Gersoni), who had been one of Wise's early Hebrew teachers.

It was there that he taught his son Aaron. 1 Born in Erlau on May 2, 1844, Aaron Weisz inherited his father's brilliance and the gentleness of his mother, Rachel Theresa. As a child he studied Hebrew with his father, and then took rabbinical training in Hungary's finest seminaries, receiving his s'micha (ordination) in 1867 from Reb Israel Hildesheimer in Eisenstadt. After pursuing secular studies in Berlin and Leipzig, he received a doctorate from the University of Halle for a dissertation on angels and demons in rabbinic literature.

The piece overflowed with schoolboy enthusiasm and rhetoric, but the editor of the Literary Review, Otto Irving Wise, undoubtedly felt that it had some intrinsic merit. 10 Printing as well as writing fascinated Stephen. He regularly delivered articles his father had written to the office of the American Hebrew, and there struck up an acquaintance with the foreman of the print shop, a Scotsman named Cameron. At times Wise would accidentally mix up some of the type, and the paper's owner and editor, Philip Cowen, would grab the boy to send him on his way.

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