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Even if Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver had not led The Temple for 46 years, or led the fight for United States public and government support for the establishment of the State of Israel, or been a civic activist, his scholarly writings would place him as Cleveland's leading Jewish scholar.


  • A History of Messianic Speculation in Israel:
    From the First Through the Seventeenth Centuries (1927)

  • The Democratic Impulse and Jewish History (1928)

  • Where Judaism Differed (1956)

  • Moses and the Original Torah (1961)

Collections of sermons and essays

  • Religion in a Changing World (1931)

  • The World Crisis and Jewish Survival (1941)

  • Vision and Victory (1949)

  • Therefore Choose Life: Selected Sermons, Addresses and Writings of Abba Hillel Silver, edited by Herbert Weiner (1967)

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"America" - a poem

America, a patriotic poem written by Abba Hillel Silver in 1926, can be found in  the American Heritage Library and a few other web sites, even the site created for Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign.

God built a continent of glory and filled it with treasures untold.
He studded it with sweet flowing fountains, and traced it with long winding streams;
He carpeted it with soft rolling plains, and columned it with thundering mountains;
He planted it with shadowed forests and filled them with song.
Then he called unto a thousand peoples and summoned the bravest among them;
They came from the ends of the earth each bearing a gift and a hope,
And out of the bounty of the earth and the labor of men,
Out of the longing of hearts and the prayers of souls,
Out of the memory of ages and the hopes of the world;
God fashioned a nation, in love, blessed it with purpose sublime and called it AMERICA.

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