Jews have held many US leaders in high esteem over the course of American history, but they maintain a particularly emotional bond with Abraham Lincoln.

Dr. Gary Zola’s recently released book, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History, sheds new light on that storied 19th-century relationship. From the time of Lincoln’s presidency to the present day, American Jews have persistently viewed “Honest Abe” as one of their own, casting him as a Jewish role model.

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