Author steven r weisman begins the chosen wars with the first ordination of rabbis on american soil on july 11 1883 persons from across the country believed that judaism was marking another significant step in the arrival of american jews as equal to christians in the gilded age. Judaism became an american religion these profound changes did not come without argument the chosen wars tells the stories of the colorful rabbis and activists including women who defined american judaism and whose disputes divided it into the reform conservative and orthodox branches that remain today. At the beginning of the chosen wars how judaism became an american religion steven weisman quotes the historian jacob rader marcus who describing early american jewry wrote that squabbles . But as steven r weisman details in his well documented and compelling book the chosen wars how judaism became an american religion the result was an original version of an ancient faith
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