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Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800 - 2001

Marc Saperstein


Wartime sermons reveal how Jews perceive themselves in relation to the majority society and how Jewish and national values are reconciled when the fate of a nation is at stake. They also illustrate how rabbis guide their communities through the challenges of their times. The sermons reproduced here were delivered by American and British rabbis from across the Jewish spectrum from the Napoleonic Wars to the attacks of 9/11. Each sermon is prefaced by a comprehensive introduction explaining the context in which it was delivered. Detailed notes explain allusions unfamiliar to a present-day reader ... More

Keywords: wartime sermons, rabbis, modern Jewish preaching, modern Jewish history, Jewish religious leaders

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764401
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Saperstein, author

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Part I The Wars of the Napoleonic Era

Chapter Three Fast-Day Sermon

Gershom Mendes Seixas

Part II The Wars of the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Chapter Seven Fast-Day Sermon

Samuel Myer Isaacs

Chapter Ten The War

Benjamin Artom

Part III The Wars of the Late Nineteenth Century

Part IV The First World War

Chapter Fifteen On the Terrible War of 5675

George (Gedaliah) Silverstone

Part V The Second World War

Part VI Wars of the Later Twentieth Century

Part VII Responses to 9/11