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Morais, Sabato
PRIESTS AND PROPHETS: A DISCOURSE DELIVERED AT THE MICKVE H ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE ON SABBATH EMOR; IYAR 20TH, 5653. MAY 6TH, 1893
No Place [Philadelphia?]: Published by special request [Congregation Mikveh Israel?], 1893. 1st edition. Original printed paper wrappers, 8vo, 8 pages; 20 cm. Singerman2 4565. Rabbi Sabato Morais (1823 – 1897) "was an Italian-American rabbi, leader of Mikveh Israel Synagogue in Philadelphia, pioneer of Italian Jewish Studies in America, and founder of the Jewish Theological Seminary, which initially acted as an center of education for Orthodox Rabbis. Morais was born in Livorno, Italy .In 1850, owing to the withdrawal of Isaac Leeser, the pulpit of the Mikveh Israel Synagogue congregation at Philadelphia, became vacant, and Morais was an applicant for the post. He arrived in Philadelphia on March 17, 1851, and was elected April 13 following, the synagogue services in the interval being conducted by him .Though his ministry covered the period of greatest activity in the adaptation of Judaism in America to changed conditions, he, as the advocate of Orthodox Judaism, withstood every appeal in behalf of ritualistic innovations and departures from traditional practice, winning the esteem of his opponents by his consistency and integrity. His sermons covered a wide scope of thought and action, and he showed the loftiness of his spirit when, in spite of congregational opposition to the expression of his views during the American Civil War, he continued, both in prayer and in his discourses, to show his warm sympathy with the cause of the slave. In appreciation of his attitude during these trying times the Union League Club of Philadelphia placed him on the roll of its honorary mem … [Click Below for Full Description]
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