Witness from the Pulpit: Topical Sermons, 1933-1980

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Lexington Books, 2001 - History - 384 pages
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Harold I. Saperstein served as rabbi of Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, N.Y., from 1933 until his retirement in 1980. The specific contours of his career reflect a sustained effort to use the pulpit of this suburban temple to communicate a Jewish perspective based on personal encounters with great issues of the day-including the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust, the civil rights era, the McCarthy era, and other turning points in American history. The fifty-two sermons in this book have been selected, introduced, and annotated by Marc Saperstein, whose award-winning books on the history of Jewish preaching have established him as a leading expert on this subject. No other book illustrates as effectively the value of the sermon as a resource for understanding the challenges faced by American Jews at some of the most dramatic moments in the turbulent history of this century.
 

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Contents

Nazi Nationalism April 28 1933
19
Are We Civilized? December 1 1933
29
The Call to Battle September 10 1934
37
The Great Olympic Idea November 1 1935
44
Must There Be War? November 11 1936
50
Can Jews Afford to Be Pacifists? December 1937
56
Return to Thy People September 30 1938
62
Unconquered September 14 1939
68
How Leadership Fails June 27 1957
186
Message from the Movies December 19 1958
194
Jewish Life Behind the Iron Curtain September 11 1959
200
Moral Issues of the Eichmann Case January 20 1961
206
New Frontiers in CatholicJewish Relationships April 13 1962
212
The American Dream In Color September 6 1963
218
Martyr for the American Dream November 22 1963
226
The DeputyWhere Does the Guilt Lie? March 20 1964
230

The World We Make Introduction Sufferance Is the Badge October 2 and 3 1940
75
Undying Fires September 22 1941
83
The Mount of Sacrifice September 11 1942
90
What Have We Jews to Be Thankful For? November 27 1942
96
Farewell June 20 1943
102
The Call of the Shofar September 17 1944
106
The Voice of Joy and Gladness September 8 1945
110
A Jewish Veteran Returns February 8 1946
118
PassoverFor Our Day April 19 1946
123
The Resistance Movement in Palestine October 25 1946
128
Thieves in the Night January 31 1947
135
Israel and Us May 21 1948
141
A Prince in Israel April 22 1949
147
Outside the Law September 9 1949
154
The Chains of the Messiah September 12 1950
159
Birth of a Nation November 2 1951
165
I Lift My Lamp October 31 1952
170
The Fruits of Sacrifice September 10 1953
175
Promise and Fulfillment September 28 1954
180
The War on Poverty March 26 1965
238
On the Freedom Trail in Alabama September 10 1965
244
The Dilemma of Vietnam June 10 1966
252
A Great Miracle Happened There September 8 1967
259
An American Tragedy April 5 1968
267
Portnoys Complaint And Mine March 28 1969
273
The Ordeal of Soviet Jewry December 29 1970
279
DissentJewish Style February 19 1971
285
Keepers of the Keys June 4 1972
292
The War of the Day of Judgment October 10 1973
299
Slaughter of the Innocent May 17 1974
304
How My Mind Has Changed January 31 1975
310
The Dream Shattered November 14 1975
316
The Harvest of 77 December 30 1977
322
Jonestown and Masada December 29 1978
329
Farewell to the Me Decade January 25 1980
334
Days I Remember September 26 1973
340
Index
347
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Harold I. Saperstein is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, N.Y., where he served for 47 years. Marc Saperstein is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at George Washington University. He is the author of four books, including Jewish Preaching 1200-1800 (1989) and Your Voice Like a Ram's Horn (1996), both winners of the National Jewish Book Award.

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