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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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Fighting for Jewish Rights

Fighting for Jewish Rights

(p.162) 10. Fighting for Jewish Rights
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers Isaac Mayer Wise’s polemics within the Jewish community and his ‘unbridled belligerency’ against its enemies outside. Despite his many interests and exertions, his capacity for action was never exhausted. Missionaries, denigrators of Judaism, those who swerved by however so little from the American principle of separation of Church and State, as well as obvious antisemites, drew instant retaliation from his pen. The occasions on which Wise felt called upon to act thus are too numerous, and the torrent of words too copious, to permit a representative selection of these writings. The instances cited in this chapter came early in his career in Cincinnati, when Wise had not been three years in the city and the Israelite was scarcely established.

Keywords:   Jewish rights, missionaries, antisemites, Israelite, Cincinatti, activism

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