For Zion's Sake: A Biography of Judah L. Magnes, First Chancellor and First President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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"Judah Leon Magnes (born in San Francisco, California, July 5, 1877; died in New York, New York, October 27, 1948), was a prominent Reform Judaism rabbi in both the United States and Israel. In America, he spend most of his professional life in New York, where he helped found the American Jewish Committee in 1906. Magnes was also one of the most influential forces behind the organization of the Jewish community, or Kehillah, in the city, serving as president throughout its existence from 1908 to 1922. The Kehillah oversaw aspects of Jewish culture, religion, education and labor issues, in addition to helping to integrate America's German and East European Jewish communities. Magnes was also the president of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism from 1912 to 1920. The views he extolled as a Reform rabbi were not in the mainstream, especially regarding Zionism. Magnes favored a more traditionalist approach to Judaism, fearing the assimilationist tendencies of his peers. It was a disagreement over this issue that led him to resign from Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York in 1910. Magnes also disagreed further from the overall Reform attitude towards Zionism by strongly disapproving of the denationalization of Judaism. To him, Jews living in Eretz Israel and Jews living in the Diaspora were of equal significance to the Jewish nation. The renewed Jewish community of Eretz Israel would enhance Jewish life in the Diaspora. Although he emigrated to Palestine in 1922, Magnes maintained that emigration to the Holy Land was a matter of individual choice, and did not reflect any kind of "negation of the Diaspora." He thought that the land of Israel should be built in a "decent manner", or not built at all. In Israel, Magnes paid a key role in founding the internationally reputed Hebrew University of Jerusale...

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