New York, Bloch Pub. Co, 1904. Item #41917
1st edition. Original green printed wrappers, 8vo, 32 pages. Early Zionist plea from the pivotal year of 1904, which saw both Herzl’s death as well as the first American publication of Herzl’s “The Jewish State.” Indeed, “by 1904, cultural Zionism was accepted by most Zionists and a schism was beginning to develop between the Zionist movement and Orthodox Judaism. In 1904, Herzl died unexpectedly at the age of 44 and the leadership was taken over by David Wolffsohn, who led the movement until 1911. During this period, the movement was based in Berlin (Germany's Jews were the most assimilated) and made little progress, failing to win support among the Young Turks after the collapse of the Ottoman Regime….Under Herzl's leadership, Zionism relied on Orthodox Jews for religious support, with the main party being the orthodox Mizrachi. However, as the cultural and socialist Zionists increasingly broke with tradition and used language contrary to the outlook of most religious Jewish communities, many orthodox religious organizations began opposing Zionism. Their opposition was based on its secularism and on the grounds that only the Messiah could re-establish Jewish rule in Israel.Therefore, most Orthodox Jews maintained the traditional Jewish belief that while the Land of Israel was given to the ancient Israelites by God, and the right of the Jews to that land was permanent and inalienable, the Messiah must appear before the land could return to Jewish control” (Wikipedia. “Albert M. Friedenberg (1881–1942) was an American lawyer and historian. “At the age of 19, he joined the American Jewish Historical Society and became one of its leading members; he was largely responsible for the issuance of 17 volumes of the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society (ajhsp, nos. 18–34). Friedenberg wrote numerous papers and articles on the early history of Jews in America, immigration, historical aspects of Zionism, Jews in Masonry, and the Jewish periodical press, and also on local German Jewish history, literature, and biography. He acted as the New York correspondent of the Baltimore Jewish Comment (1902–10) and the Chicago Reform Advocate (1905–31), and as contributing editor of the New York Hebrew Standard (1907–23). Includes bibliographical references” (Encyclopedia.com). SUBJECT(S): Zionism. Interestingly, OCLC lists not a single hard copy anywhere–only microfilm and digital access copies (for example, OCLC: 894106828). An absolutely pristine, unread copy, amazingly preserved, Very Good+ Condition. Extremely rare, important, and well-preserved (zion2-3-3).