New York: Philip Cowen, 1894. First edition. Hardcover. 12mo. Each sermon has own unconsecutive pagination. Maroon cloth with decorative gold lettering on front cover. All page edges red. Thick endpapers with floral decorative motif. Inscribed by author on front endpaper dated 1895. Contents include: 1. Bless God for Good as well as for Evil. 2. Patriotism. 3. Religion and Sacrifice. 4. Truth. 5. Job.-I. 5. Job-II. 7. The Influence of the Parent on the Child. 8. The Influence of the Child on the Parent. 9. The Sins of the Fathers. 10. Micah's Creed.-I. 11. Micah's Creed.-II. 12. The Oldness of the New. 13. How should we mourn the Departed? 14. Is Proselytism a Duty of Judaism? 15. The Ideal in Life. 16. Sophists and Pharisees-or, the Vitality of Error. 17 Senntiment and Law. 18. Gambling. 19. Sin and Duty. 20. The Fool hath said in his Heart, There is no God. Age wear to boards. Scuffing and bumping to head and foot of spine. Minor browning to page edges due to age, otherwise book is in good condition. g. Item #20483
The Columbia College and Emanu-El Theological Seminary student, Maurice H. Harris appointed in 1882 as the congregation's first permanent Rabbi turned out to be an inspired choice. Dr. Harris, over a 48-year rabbinical career, transformed Temple Israel into a major cultural institution and became one of the most prominent spokesmen of progressive Judaism. During his ministry, Congregation Hand-in-Hand became Temple Israel of Harlem and ultimately, Temple Israel of the City of New York. The dynamism of the rapidly growing community moved them first to a former church at 125th Street and Fifth Avenue, then to their own construction of a grand limestone building which still stands at 120th Street and Lenox Avenue; and, still during the Harris rabbinate to 91st Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side. Rabbi Harris was highly regarded as a founder of many major reform organizations. A fearless advocate for progressive Jewish ideals he was an early supporter of the Allied side in the First World War, even though most of the congregation consisted of German Jews and whose loyalties were initially divided. Dr. Harris was fortunate in having Mr. Daniel P. Hays as President during his tenure (for 33 years). Mr. Hays became one of the outstanding laymen in American Reform Jewry, President of the YMHA of New York and well-known as the president of the powerful Municipal Service Commission. During their leadership the Temple attracted many prominent members of the Jewish Community and was progressive at every level of its many activities, electing their first woman trustee in 1921. (Source: Temple Israel of the City of New York website).