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Cast metal Bezalel wall plaque of Isaac M. Wise
Austria 1930 - Large Original Boris Schatz Plaque celebrating Founder of Reform Judaism in America: Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise(WISE, Isaac M.) SCHATZ, Boris. Cast Bronze Bezalel Wall Plaque of Isaac M. Wise. Austria, circa 1930. Plaque measures 23 1/4 inches x 15 inches in original frame and weighs more than 20 pounds. Inscribed with the familiar monogram of Prof. Boris Schatz, Jerusalem. "Isaac M. Wise (1819-1900)" with the Rabbi’s name and dates both in English and Hebrew. A Hebrew verse is inscribed above the image: "vaYizra Yizhak vaYimtsa me’ah she’arim." (Genesis 26:12). The lower left corner of the plaque is stamped: "Made in Austria after special instructions of Prof. Boris Schatz, Jerusalem." Isaac Mayer Wise, born in Bohemia (1819-1900) received a traditional Jewish education in Prague and Vienna and worked as a teacher and a rabbi before immigrating first to New York in 1846 and then on to Cincinnati, Ohio where he remained for almost half a century. He founded the weekly publication The Israelite and for many years thereafter wrote most of its articles as well as historical works and popular novels. In post Civil War America he was the best-known Jew and a well-regarded leader in American liberal religious circles. He believed that in time Judaism would become the religion of all enlightened men, but first it had to be modernized, democratized and most importantly, Americanized. To this end he became the father of Reform Judaism by founding its Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Hebrew Union College and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
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