From Protest to Pulpit: One Renowned Rabbi's Life of Contradictions

Rabbi Stephen Wise created his own institutions and defied the views of major communal groups. But in his new book, A. James Rudin points out the late American Jewish leader's tragic flaws.

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“Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise,” by A. James Rudin, Texas Tech University Press, 470 pp., $39.95