"For we Israelites of the present age do not dream any longer about the restoration of Palestine and the Messiah crowned with a diadem of earthly power and glory. America is our Palestine; here is our Zion and Jerusalem; Washington and the signers of the glorious Declaration of Independence--of universal human right, liberty and happiness--are our deliverers, and the time when their doctrines will be recognized and carried into effect is the time so hopefully foretold by our prophets"
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This is a quote from a speech given in the mid 1880's by the prominent Rabbi, Max Lilienthal, looking back on the secular benefits of the "American doctrine of the separation of church and state," which Lilienthal saw as essential to Judaism existing in America. Cited in Philip Hamburger, Separation of Church and State (Harvard, 2002), 393.