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The First Light

To the Editor:

I have known Dr. Leo S. Baeck for many years, although I only met him for the first time a few weeks ago. He is a great friend of mine. I read his article, “Why Jews in the World?” [in the June Commentary] with great interest, so great that I read it over and over again. I wish every Jew throughout the world would also read it, and take to heart its message and its challenge. That Dr. Baeck should be able to write it after six years in a Nazi camp is a proof of the extraordinary power of his mind in resisting the crushing weight of calamity and maintaining hope and courage and faith in Israel’s future through trust in Israel’s God.

No Jew worthy of the name could resist the challenge which Dr. Baeck calls to him. To my mind, it brings the first—or at least the brightest—ray of light which has shown through the black cloud that has hung over Israel since the great persecution began.

R. Travers Herford
Chester, England

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