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Jewish Services in Synogogue and Home, Lewis Naphtali Dembitz, Philadelphia 1898

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  • Lot Number 54067
  • Title (English) Jewish Services in Synogogue and Home
  • Note First Edition
  • Author Lewis Naphtali Dembitz
  • City Philadelphia
  • Publisher Jewish Publication Society of America
  • Publication Date 1898
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2522311
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Physical Description

First edition. Frontispiece, 487, [4 ads] pp., 195:127 mm., light age staining, nice margins, few marginal pencil markings. A very good copy bound in the original red cloth boards, rubbed.


Detail Description

Critical work on Jewish prayer by Lewis Naphtali Dembitz (1833–1907), U.S. lawyer and Jewish leader. Dembitz was born in Zirke, province of Posen, Prussia, and went to the U.S. in 1849. He completed law studies in Cincinnati and then settled in Louisville, Kentucky, where he practiced law. Dembitz entered politics early and was elected to several Republican Party offices. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention that nominated Lincoln in 1860. In 1888 he drafted the first Australian (secret ballot) voting system. Dembitz wrote a number of books on American law, including Kentucky Jurisprudence (1890); Law Language for Shorthand Writers (1892); and Land Titles in the United States (2 vols., 1895). Dembitz's affiliation with Jewish life was at first through the Reform movement, and he was a member of the commission on the plan of study for Hebrew Union College. But after that institution became openly Reform, and especially after the acceptance of the Pittsburgh Platform , he joined the Conservative movement and helped to establish the Jewish Theological Seminary. Dembitz contributed several articles on Talmudic jurisprudence and on liturgy to the Jewish Encyclopedia and prepared the translations of Exodus and Leviticus which were incorporated into the revised English Bible of the Jewish Publication Society (1917). His volume Jewish Services in Synagogue and Home (1898) was widely used. His nephew, Louis Brandeis , who admired him greatly, changed his middle name from David to Dembitz.


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EJ; Singerman 5333