SHOFAR Fall 1999 Vol. 18, No.1 before the end of World War II when only the bigots and the uninformed would have regarded Jews as "insiders" in the United States or elsewhere. Leonard Dinnerstein Judaic Studies University of Arizona Unfinished Rabbi: Selected Writings of Arnold Jacob Wolf, edited by Jonathan S. Wolf. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1998. 266 pp. $27.50. It would not be flippancy to describe Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf as an intellectual gadfly, an ofttimes lonely, prophetic voice calling out for social activism, or to characterize him as a goad to the individual and collective conscience of American Jewry. Unfinished Rabbi: Selected Writings ofJacob Arnold Wolf, edited by his son, Jonathan S. Wolf, is a chronicle of a man who for over 40 years has been a Hillel rabbi at Yale University, a congregational rabbi, a university professor, and always, in the highest sense, a teacher of Judaism and Jewish values. Ordained as a Reform rabbi, Rabbi Wolf never compartmentalized his Judaism within stringent ideological boundaries. He was increasingly concerned with the erosion of Halacha, Jewish law, within modem Jewish life, and so, even though a member of the Reform Central Conference of American Rabbis, he
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
Published: Oct 3, 1999
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