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From the November 1946 issue

The association of the two concepts statehood and smallness contains a fundamental absurdity. Where there is smallness—literal and physical—there can be no true statehood. Some...

Programmatic Jewishness A Partisan Guide to the Jewish Problem. by Milton Steinberg. New York-Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1946. 308 pp. $3.00. The problem Rabbi Steinberg discusses in this volume...

Left-Wing Middle-Brow Act Of Faith: And Other Stories. By Irwin Shaw. New York, Random House, 1946. 212 pages. $2.50. Irwin Shaw’s fiction, as Faulkner says of Popeye’s face, has...

I was quite unprepared for Adam, for his peculiar insensibility, his directness, his momentous inertia. He didn’t at all fit the picture that I had...

To the Editor: I was very greatly interested in the article by Aaron M. Frankel called “Back to Eighty-Sixth Street” in the August COMMENTARY. Much of...

“The Red Calf,” which we publish below in an English translation by Jacob Sloan, is an imaginative chapter from Mendele’s memoirs. It appeared originally in...

Egypt (March-April, 1945)—My fourth visit to Cairo. It’s even more depressing than my last station, Naples, where the dirt is caked down in layers. But...

To the Editor: Despite the valiant efforts of Victor Eppstein [ “Empire and Zionism: A Bankrupt Partnership” in the September COMMENTARY] to liberate his thinking from...

Has Blum Retreated? For All Mankind. by Leon Blum. New York, Viking, 1946. 186 pp. $2.50. This book, written in 1941-1942 behind the walls of a Vichy prison by...

To the Editor: [I find] COMMENTARY . . . a very interesting review, and I will try to translate, with your permission, some of the articles...

The ship, a steamer of 7,000 tons, carried 1,100 passengers. Hardly any had ever seen the sea before. For fourteen days the ship danced on...

I know what you’re thinking you’re thinking I made up Uncle Julius, that there is no such person . . . listen, why should we...

In “Checkmate for Rabble-Rousers,” in our September issue, Dr. Solomon Andhil Fineberg opposed mass demonstrations as a method of combating demagogues like Gerald L. K....

Because of the war and the extermination camps, America’s Jewish community has today become the largest and strongest in the world. This statement has been...

To the Editor: I read Dr. List’s “Jewish Music on Records” in the September COMMENTARY with genuine interest and appreciation. Before answering some of Dr. List’s...

When the curtain goes up on season’s opening at the Metropolitan Opera, the audience presents a picture of aristocratic splendor and ostentation. No matter that...

Rembrandt’s Jews Rembrandt, the Jews and the Bible. by Franz Landsberger. Translated from the German by Felix N. Gerson. Philadelphia, The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1946. 189...

Nathan, no thought today. Have you ever seen a world With splendors so serene? I’ll slap you If you squeeze forth a thought. Are you sick of living? Live with all...

A New Virgil Myth The Death of Virgil. by Hermann Broch. Translated by Jean Starr Untermeyer. New York, Pantheon Books, 1945. 494 pp. $5.50. Broch, the author of The...

Fog on the Potomac In the fall of 1946 it became evident that the executive branch of the United States government was in a state of...

To the Editor: I quote from “Sarah to Sylvia to Shirley” by A. A. Roback, in the September COMMENTARY:“Particularly painful to the lover of the traditional...

Right and Left in Palestine The Story of The Jewish Legion. by Vladimir Jabotinsky. New York, Bernard Ackerman, 1945. 191 pp. $3.00. An Answer to Ernest Bevin. by Vladimir Jabotinsky. New...

Increasingly in recent years economists have become concerned with the psychological why’s and wherefores of economic behavior. The naive notion of “economic man” that served...

There is a widespread conviction that we are currently in the midst of one of the worst social crises in human history. Many diagnoses of...
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November 1946