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b“Mosaic persuasion.” Nor was this the end, for it could not bend there. Having disposed of the burden of nationalism, bthe Jew now went about making his religion as innocuous, binconspicuous, and gentile as possible. “Reform” Judaism bgave birth to “temples,” organ music, black-gowned and bbare-headed rabbis, and nonobservant “religious” Jews. bJewish castration was complete. The result was the breath- blessly swift evolution of a people who had just a brief histori- bcal instant ago looked upon itself as a separate, Chosen bPeople of G-d into one that raced ahead to national assimila- btion and disappearance. In the nineteenth and early twen- btieth centuries Western Europe saw the Jew throw his bheritage overboard as he set sail into the sunset of exclu- bsive Judaism and the dawn of the good life of happy bequality with the gentile.

bThis was the heritage that was planted in the new nation bcalled the United States as the first large waves of immigra- btion began to stream in from Germany and from neighbor- bing countries that were heavily influenced by German cul- bture. The Jewish population of America soared from 15,000 bin 1849 to a quarter of a million in 1880, and both in bnumbers and in culture the Teutonization of the American bJewish community was accomplished. With them the Ger- bman Jews brought their Reform, their assimilation, and btheir gentilization of the Jew. With admirable Germanic bdirectness and organization, a declaration of principles that bclarified American Reform Judaism was drafted in bPittsburgh in 1885. It rejected all Mosaic laws that were not b“adapted to the views and habits of modern civilization [sic]” band declared that “we consider ourselves no longer a nation bbut a religious community.”

bThe German Jews who had come to America penniless band alien succeeded remarkably. Within decades they had bbecome Americanized, successful, wealthy, and determined bto continue their grip on the good life.

bThe leaders that emerged were men with names like bAdler, Schiff, Marshall, Seligman, Loeb, and Warburg. The borganizations they formed were named the B’nai B’rith and bits Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Commit- b 

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