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Emanuel Rackman Manuscripts

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 May 2011

Biographical History

Rabbi Emanual (Menachim) Rackman (1920-2008) was an American Jewish scholar and theologian. For twenty years he served as Rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Tefila, then in Far Rockaway, Queens, and then at the prominent Fifth Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. He wasd an outspoken advocate of a more inclusive, intellectually open Orthodox Judaism, including supporting the right of agunot (women whose husbands will not or cannot grant them an official bill of divorce, known as a get) to remarry.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Emanuel Rackman Manuscripts consist of four manuscripts, essays on topics relating to Judaism. Three are typescripts and the fourth is a handwritten version of one of the typed ones.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Rackman, Emanuel.


Jewish scholars.
Jewish socialists.
Judaism -- History.
Judaism -- Liturgy.
Orthodox Judaism.
Rabbis -- New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Emanuel Rackman Manuscripts,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1967. Probably gift of Rabbi Rackman.

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