A New Covenant to Live By?
This COMMENTARY by the late Adolph S. Oko on Waldo Frank’s book on the problem of the modem American Jew is, like many Jewish commentaries of the old tradition, more than a mere commentary: it is a creative extension of one man’s thought by another’s. It was found among his papers after his death in the fall of 1945; it is not known whether it was written to be printed. It has been made available for publication here by Mrs. Oko. The Jew in Our Day (New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1944) appeared first as a series of three articles in the Contemporary Jewish Record under Dr. Oko’s editorship.
“The Jew in Our Day” develops and improves a viewpoint advanced in several of Waldo Frank’s earlier essays on the Jewish problem. It is a subtle, creative, and thought-stirring book, and the following are reflections evoked by it on Judaism, Jewish history, the destiny of the Jews, and their future in America—all burning and vital questions for the thoughtful Jew. . . .
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