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From the May 1946 issue

Handy Compendium An Encyclopedia of Religion. by Vergilius Ferm. The Philosophical Library, New York, 1945. 844 pp. $10.00. The Philosophical Library first came to this reviewer’s attention with the...

To the Editor: Before commenting on Pearl Buck’s interesting article in the April COMMENTARY, let me commend you for the series as a whole. I believe...

In that undamaged house in a half-ruined German city, a bit crowded but not too uncomfortable, live fifty average Germans, thirty-two females, eighteen males, all...

To the Editor: Thanks for sending me Commentary with the article by Felix Cohen, and other pieces which I have enjoyed. Cohen does us a service...

The entrance of the Eastern Jew of the 8th century into lands of Western emancipation was vastly more than a change of country. It was...

David In Petticoats David The King. by Gladys Schmitt. New York, Dial Press, 1946. 631 pp. $3.00. Gladys Schmitt is a sort of biblical Howard Fast. Her David sighs...

. . . But happy the errant plant in a forgotten corner No sower sowed in tears, nor reaper with joy shall harvest, That blooms, bears fruit...

Dep’t of Editorial Fallibility In our prefatory note on Simon M. Dubnow’s Introduction to his Universal History of the Jews, which appeared in the March “Cedars...

To the Editor: I have always felt that it takes a certain amount of nerve for a lady from uptown to preach manners to a woman...

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

When the New York Telephone Company gave my father a dollar-a-week raise in 1896, just as he got married, my mother was ecstatic. “But how will...

Athens The fashionable phrase in Salonika for a Jew back from deportation is “unused cake of soap.” This brand of Hellenic wit requires a toughness of...

To the Editors: I wish I had time to comment more fully on Pearl Buck’s article in the April Commentary. I believe that we have to...

The question in my title will perhaps seem odd; that I ask it at this time is the result of a cobbler not having stuck...

To the Editor: I have been greatly upset by a reference in Kurt List’s article about me which appeared in the February issue of COMMENTARY. Mr....

To the Editor: Of all the articles I have read dealing with the plight of the Jews in postwar Europe, that by Shlomo Katz is at...

Before migrating to America, all the ethnic groups of Yankee City possessed a family pattern of the patriarchal type in which the wife was subordinated...

Nuremberg’s New Precedents The Case Against The Nazi War Criminals. by Robert H. Jackson. With A Preface By Gordon Dean. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. 217 pp....

The importance of a sound and healthy economy to the strength and future of democratic life—as it concerns both the individual and his group relationships—is...

I had seen the girl on the street near where we lived. Her face had been so layered with paint and powder that I couldn’t...

Exploiting Jewish Tragedy The Glory of Elsie Silver. by Louis Golding. New York, Dial Press, 1946. 390 pp. $2.75. From my own experience, I can report that it is...

To the Editor: John Dewey’s article in the March Commentary marks a watershed for me—and I suspect for a good many others as well. Many of...

Rereading Herzl’s The Jewish State today is a peculiar experience. One becomes aware that those things in it that Herzl’s own contemporaries would have called...

Hunger In the Spring of 1946 the world was a suppliant before the heads of the three great states. They were exercising the most basic and...

Palestine Handbook The Palestine Yearbook. by Sophie A. Udin. Washington, Zionist Organization of America, 1945. 526 pp. $3.50. This useful compendium issued by the Zionist organization of America is...

To the long line of legendary heroes of Israel, the Second World War has added the gallant band of young men and women known as...

The intellectual current that now impels writers—in the big national magazines as well as the more serious little magazines—to talk about race prejudice has not...

Modern Guides To The Perplexed? This Is Judaism. by Ferdinand M. Isserman. Chicago, Willett, Clark & Co., 1944. 238 pp. $2.50. Conservative Judaism: An American Philosophy. by Robert Grdis. New York,...

To the Editor: I know of no other magazine currently being published, the contents of which are so uniformly excellent as Commentary. I am of the...

Freedom is Freedom is Freedom Treasury For The Free World. by Ben Raeburn. New York, Arco Publishing Co., 1946. 417 pp. $3.50. “The material in this book, now enlarged...
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May 1946