The Spiritual Reconstruction of European Jewry

Although the blackout is slowly lifting from the areas where once flourished the largest centers of Jewish life in Europe,…

Although the blackout is slowly lifting from the areas where once flourished the largest centers of Jewish life in Europe, only fragmentary reports concerning the survivors have filtered through to the outside world. The simplest information, such as how many Jews remain alive—and where—is sparse and often contradictory; and we know practically nothing about the forms of their community life, their religious observances, or the character of their hopes for survival as Jews. Under these circumstances, any discussion of the spiritual reconstruction of the Jewries of Europe must inevitably be little more than one man’s personal estimate of long-term trends.

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The Spiritual Reconstruction of European Jewry

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