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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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The Asmonean

The Asmonean

(p.86) 9. The Asmonean
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the periodical, the Asmonean. The Asmonean began publication in 1849. Its attitude to Isaac Mayer Wise during the strife at Beth El had been reserved — its quest for straightforward answers to plain questions Wise was ready to attribute to a conspiracy against him. Wise was not one to allow rancour over the past to get the better of him if he could come to an agreement as regards the present; and the Asmonean, for its part, was more concerned to cater for all tastes than to make a stand on issues of policy. Furthermore, Wise’s Asmonean articles display all the rough energy of Young America. It was harnessed first to the author’s voracious appetite for reading, and then to the need, no less compelling, to feed the press week by week. Equally apparent is that the material was not properly digested nor subject to the scrutiny of a tutored mind.

Keywords:   Asmonean, Jewish journalism, newspaper articles, Young America, Jewish press, Jewish weekly

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