By Melvin I. Urofsky
Within the first 1/2 this century, a skilled and charismatic management restructured the yank Jewish group to fulfill the calls for and possibilities of a pluralistic, secular society. The paintings of this new release of titans nonetheless publications the present modes of yank Jewish lifestyles. The final of those giants used to be the influential reformer Stephen S. Wise--a progenitor of yankee Zionism, writer of the yank and international Jewish Congresses, and founding father of the Jewish Institute of faith. As rabbi of the loose Synagogue, clever led the struggle for a dwelling Judaism conscious of social problems.
This engrossing examine is greater than a chronicle of an ethnic community's adjustment to a bunch society. because of Melvin Urofsky's painstaking learn, it succeeds in revealing the genuine tale in the back of a mythical and debatable determine in American Jewish historical past.
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Much of the text is simple but there are many obscure passages. Occasionally I have gone to [Professor Adolf] Neubauer for help, but his eye failing renders him almost useless. " 34 Wise's schedule that summer sounds all too familiar to those who have at one time or another taken a doctoratelong hours poring over obscure and at times illegible texts, working until the early hours of the morning or until thrown out of the library so that the staff could go home, trying to master an endless list of books relating either directly or indirectly to the thesis.
Page i A Voice That Spoke for Justice Page ii SUNY Series in Modern Jewish History Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore, Editors Page iii A Voice That Spoke for Justice The Life and Times of Stephen S. Wise Melvin I. Urofsky STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS Albany Page iv For my family, with love and appreciation: Susan, Philip, Robert, and, of course, Cuz Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1982 State University of New York All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.
36 It would appear, then, that Stephen Wise did do the work himself, but first translated the Ethics from Hebrew into English. It is possible that he utilized Gershoni's Hebrew translation, believing his former teacher's work to be superior to older Hebrew texts available. He then went to Oxford and laid out the original Arabic text, the Hebrew version (whether Gershoni's or another copy), and his own English rendered from the Hebrew, and proceeded to revise the English following the Arabic which, with its many defects, made the job very difficult.