About this book
Isador Signer (1900-1953) was born in Romania, raised in Montreal, and ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, after which he served pulpits in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Sommerville, Massachusetts; and Manhattan Beach, New York.
In this volume, his granddaughter Aliza Arzt has selected and annotated two dozen of Rabbi Signer’s sermons, delivered between the years 1923 and 1949, for rereading a century later. She has also a contemporary response to each sermon, by a collection of rabbis, professors, writers, and other deeply engaged Jews, who reflect on Rabbi Signer’s words from the perspective of a century’s hindsight.
Taken together, this volume provides an illuminating window on American Judaism in the early 20th, and early 21st, centuries.