Mother Goose Rhymes for Jewish Children, by Sara G. Levy
Nothing is simple any more, once it has become necessary for a culture to be maintained artificially, by conscious activity—and this is surely the situation of Jewish culture in the United States, weak and isolated as it is against the great expanse of all that is not Jewish. The act normally almost automatic becomes in the state of siege a deliberate statement of allegiance, becomes a kind of belligerence. (How many Jews are there whose religious observances are only demonstrations of solidarity?) Even so small a thing as the composition of a nursery rhyme takes on complexity and importance in such a situation.
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