Berlin: Franz Duncker, 1871. Hardcover. 8vo. vi. 95pp. Paper covered boards. Work on the origins of the forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jakob,written by renowned Rabbi, founder of the Reform Movement and Jewish-German writer Aaron David Bernstein (1812-1884) a.k.a. A. Rebenstein (his pseudonym). Ex-libris plate of fellow Reform Rabbi, the acclaimed Stephen S. Wise (see below) to inside of front board. Minor age wear to binding, with binding starting to split alongside spine but still attached. Minor browning throughout. In German, in Gothic script. Overall good condition. g. Item #20285
Stephen S. Wise(1874-1949)
American rabbi; born at Budapest March 17, 1862; son of Aaron Wise. He studied at the College of the City of New York (1887-91), Columbia College (B.A. 1892), and Columbia University (Ph.D. 1901), and later pursued rabbinical studies under Gottheil, Kohut, Gersoni, Joffe, and Margolis. In 1893 he was appointed assistant to Rabbi Henry S. Jacobs of the Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York City. In the same year, he became minister of the same congregation. Wise was the first (honorary) secretary of the American Federation of Zionists. At the Second Zionist Congress (Basel, 1898) he was a delegate, and secretary for the English Language Division. He was a member of the International Zionist Executive Committee in 1899. He founded the "Jewish Free Synagogue" [the first Reform synagogue with holiday services without charge] and the "Jewish Institute of Religion" [today part of HUC-JIR (the abbrivation stands for "Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion"), the Reform Movement's Rabbinical Seminary] He died in 1949. (Source: Jewish Encyclopedia).