Politics, Faith, and the Making of American Judaism (Paperback)Peter Adams (author)
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American Jews recognised the benefit and urgency of bridging the divide between Reform and Orthodox Judaism to create a stronger alliance to face the challenges ahead. With Grant's 1868 presidential campaign, they also realised they could no longer remain aloof from partisan politics. As they became a growing influence in American politics, both political parties courted the new Jewish vote.
Once in office, Grant took notice of the persecution of Jews in Romania and Russia, and he appointed more Jews to office than any president before him. Indeed, Simon Wolf, a Washington lawyer who became one of Grant's closest advisers, was part of a new generation of Jewish leaders to emerge in the post-Civil War era-thoroughly Americanised, politically mature, and committed to the modernised Judaism of the Reform movement.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 230
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
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