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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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Wider Ambitions

Wider Ambitions

15. Wider Ambitions
Creating American Reform Judaism

Sefton D. Temkin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter turns to Isaac Mayer Wise’s further ambitions after the Civil War. His emphasis shifts, at times, from the training of American rabbis to education as an antidote to antisemitism. The specialized function of the college in which he was most directly interested he did not forget, even during the dark years of the Civil War. But, seeking at every turn a hearing for his plans but never receiving the response which would suggest the opportunity of executing them, he gave expression to the sense of victimization exhibited time and again in his writings. In addition, Wise’s concern for the maintenance of the American Union reinforces his pursuit of the idea of the union of American Israel.

Keywords:   education, antisemitism, colleges, American Union, American Jewry, Israelite, Orthodoxy, rabbinical spokesman

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