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Creating American Reform JudaismLife and Times of Isaac Mayer Wise$
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Sefton D. Temkin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774457

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774457.001.0001

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4. Departure
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter chronicles Isaac Mayer Wise’s departure from Bohemia. Though the inherent unpleasantness of the journey was compounded by its length, Wise has nothing worse to say about the voyage than that ‘I railed at the stupidity of my surroundings’. The Atlantic may have favoured him, though the chapter notes that throughout his life he travelled great distances with little complaint. The hardships Wise does not mention. A new life had begun for him and what had happened before did not concern him over-much; what he gives prominence to is a dream which he says came to him three days before he landed.

Keywords:   Bohemia, Atlantic Ocean, Jewish emigrants, America, voyage

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