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From the April 1946 issue

To the Editor: I enjoyed Dr. Gaster’s sound and penetrating review of Sholem Asch’s “One Destiny,” in the March issue, but I feel that his last...

Upon my return from Palestine in 1912, I summed up my views in an article “Summa Summarum.” When I then met violent criticism from various...

We believe this essay of sharp relevance to the Jewish religious plight in our age. Unlike traditional Christianity, traditional or Orthodox Judaism demands a more...

“I don’t like to see our people going to pieces, that’s all.”—Mendel Quixano in The Melting-Pot by Israel Zangwill. Judah Monis The name “Monis” is supposed to...

The French today face the future in the frame of mind of an inexperienced swimmer approaching the water’s edge. Their pale faces, troubled minds, and...

My Father, Herman Bernstein, in his professional life a dignified journalist and editor, was in his spare time a very easy mark for the fly-by-night...

The other day, browsing through the English Dictionary of National Biography, I was rather surprised to stumble across the name of Julius Caesar. The great...

More Than A Conspiracy It’s a Secret. by Henry Hoke. New York, Reynal and Hitchcock, 1946. 312 pp. $2.50. Time Bomb. by E. A. Piller. New York, Arco Publishing Co., 1945....

To the Editor: This report from Cuba on the crumbling of another Eden is not prompted by any desire to sound the alarm—cui bono? Consider it...

The Nazi’s Best Weapon Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race. by M. E. Ashley Montagu. With a foreword by Aldous Huxley. New York, Columbia University Press,...

The first thing that met my eyes was a tub. Simple, square, with rounded corners, and shallow. A tub from the bazaar. Once inside it,...

My sister Hans is no more. I hold her new-born babe in my bare hands. Its body bums my flesh. Its tiny fingers tear at...

Minorities and the State Nationalities and National Minorities. by Oscar Janowsky. New York, Macmillan, 1945. 232 pp. $2.75. The League of Nations and National Minorities. by Pablo de Azcarate. Washington-New York,...

To the Editor: There seems to be much interest at present in the design of synagogues, and our office, like others in New York, has had...

The invitation to abandon illusions regarding [a] situation is an invitation to abandon a situation which has need of illusions. —Karl Marx. The recent statement of Lieutenant...

Anyone these days who reads at all must have noted certain winds of doctrine that are sweeping over the spiritual awareness of men. Writers and...

On September 26, 1945 Richard Beer-Hofmann’s princely life came to a close, fittingly enough, on the verge of patriarchal old age. It can be said of...

To the Editor: In the February issue of your always interesting publication, I came across the error (p. 73)—repeated, singularly enough, in one of the “Letters...

Jewish Hercules Song of The Dnieper. by Zalman Shneour. Translated by Joseph Leftwich. New York, Roy Publishers, 1945. 376 pp. $3.00. In the preface the author states his essential...

Last Testament Star of the Unborn. by Franz Werfel. New York, Viking Press, 1946. 645 pp. $3.00. One hesitates to use the sharpest edge of the critical blade when...

To the Editor: I’ve read Leo Lowenthal’s article, “Terror’s Atomization of Man,” in the January issue of COMMENTARY, and it interested me very much. . ....

Whose Dilemma? The Jewish Dilemma. by Elmer Berger. New York, The Devin-Adair Company, 1945. 257 pp. $3.00 Rabbi Berger is Executive Secretary and one of the official ideological leaders...

Politics—Foreign and Domestic In the Spring of 1946, it became clear that the United States at last had a foreign policy that was definite in at...

Our country was built by immigrants—those who came to seek opportunity and those who were brought as slaves—and by the descendants of immigrants. Thirty-eight million...

This article is the fifth in the series, “The Crisis of the Individual,” which already includes articles by Reinhold Niebuhr, Leo Lowenthal, Hannah Arendt and...

Of all the tools utilized by the social sciences, public opinion polls have made the greatest impact on the American mind. Their amazing accuracy in...

Re-Translating Koheleth The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes. by Robert Gordis. New York, Behrman House, 1946. 82 pp. $2.00. Dr. Gordis, who has made himself master of most of the modem...

To the Editor: I have read the copy of Commentary which you sent me. The magazine strikes me as being of very high calibre. If you...
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April 1946