American Jewish Historical Quarterly Volume 8

American Jewish Historical Quarterly Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... means of regeneration, of security and comfort." Of course nothing came of the project, and Judge Daly points out passages in the pamphlet tending to show that the writer was a land speculator who was intent on " booming" his wares. Another Zionist project deserving consideration was formed by an American convert to Judaism, Mr. Warder Cresson, of Philadelphia, about 1850. Mr. Cresson, or, as he preferred to call himself after his conversion, Michael Boaz Israel, belonged to a well-known and wealthy family, was himself an economist, and had been United States Consul at Jerusalem. He was deeply interested in religious matters and became more and more attached to the Jewish faith, until he left Christianity for Judaism, as is more fully indicated by his published writings. Familiarity with Eastern conditions as regards Jewish residents there, acquired by many years' sojourn in Palestine, convinced him that relief could be afforded to the impoverished and indigent Jewish residents of the East, only by forming Jewish agricultural colonies in the Holy Land. Several years of successful farming in the outskirts of Philadelphia fitted him peculiarly to undertake such work, and his writings indicate considerable knowledge of practical agriculture and show him to have been a man of affairs in spite of their frequent interspersal with Bible texts. Accordingly, he established a Jewish agricultural colony in the valley of Raphaim, the celebrated battle-field of King David, near Jerusalem, about 1850, and devoted his private fortune as well as contributions received from others, to this plan. He enlisted the active interest and support of Rev. Isaac (Leeser) of Philadelphia, and of Dr. L. Philippson of Leipzig, in his project, more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991842
  • 9781236991843