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From the September 1946 issue

In our introductory note to the reprint of the essay, “Study as a Mode of Worship,” by Nathan Isaacs, in the June “Cedars of Lebanon,...

To the Editor: The 86th Street-Central Park West neighborhood is middle-class and Judeo-centric, but what is there so deplorable about this? Jewish residents of the West...

From the synagogues calamity is howling While from the sky favors the blest sun. How excellent this day to pour one’s heart in autumn. This day is Atonement,...

To the Editor: I should like to comment on Aaron Frankel’s “Back to Eighty-Sixth Street” in the August number of Commentary, not only because I am...

The excerpt from Shebet Yehudah given below was translated by Olga Marx for In Time and Eternity: a Jewish Reader, an anthology of selections from...

What should be done when a rabble-rouser appears on the local scene? There are those who urge an all-out program of the widest publicity and...

The sentimentality or Byronic romanticism of Zionism has received far more emphasis than the politico-economic currents that have constituted its real strengths or weaknesses. Underlying...

Paris It is indeed disillusioning to rub elbows with the great of this world, and all the charm of the Parisian summer cannot alter the fact....

Many are the aspects of names and naming: names affect the persons who bear them, names are taboos, names act as charms or prophylactics. Look,...

What Gentiles Think Gentile And Jew: A Symposium. by Chaim Newman. London, Alliance Press Limited, no date. 372 pp. 12s. 6d. This curious little book has a real significance,...

Baden-Baden “Germany” has become a word without meaning. It is a case of finished history. For, with its defeat, “Germany” has ceased to exist. The territory...

At the very outset of World War II the notion of an international recognition and declaration of human rights had been put forward by governments...

Phonograph records, once dismissed as “canned music,” today hold a high estate—indeed they represent a kind of official canon of public taste. In this sphere,...

A Martyr to Bohemia Out of This Century. by Peggy Guggenheim. New York, Dial Press, 1946. 365 pp. $3.00. The book-reviewers, with their customary severity, have scolded Miss Guggenheim...

Building a Language Philosophical Classics. Vols. 1-22. Jerusalem, Hebrew University Press. $.75 and $1.00 per volume.. The publication in Hebrew of the famous first book (“Of the Understanding”)...

To the Editor: . . . David Baumgardt’s essay in the July COMMENTARY, “Grace After Bread,” reads like a philosophic homily on grace. It combines the...

To the Editor: Mr. Frankel has seen one aspect of American Jewish life through sour eyes. He is unquestionably correct in his statement that there has...

Fake The American: A Middle Western Legend. by Howard Fast. New York, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946. 337 pp. $3.00. Superficially, the career of John Peter Altgeld follows the...

The Image of Hell The Black Book: The Nazi Crime Against The Jewish People. by the World Jewish Congress, the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, the Vaad Leumi, and...

To the Editor: I have read Doctor Konvitz’ article, “Whittling Away Religious Freedom,” with great satisfaction, and find myself in emphatic agreement with his conclusions. I...

Where Liberalism is Vulnerable The Faith of a Liberal. by Morris R. Cohen. New York, Henry Holt, 1946. 497 pages. $3.75. As a political catchword, liberalism has notoriously lost...

Labour’s Master Plan All the world was divided into two parts. One was the Soviet Union, which was using its military strength and its propaganda organizations...

“Where I come from, when people want to compare somebody’s good luck to something, they say, ‘He’s living the life of God in France!’ Let...

It is time the Gentile took careful notice of Sholom Aleichem. And why not? Where is it written in the Talmud that a Gentile should...

To the Editor: “Back to Eighty-Sixth Street,” by Aaron M. Frankel, sounds a warning that Jewish followers of a racial ideology should heed, right here in...

Although in its quiet way England has staged a social revolution, he would be a courageous man who would assert that any conscious process of...

We have all grown up with the belief that society must rest upon the dignity and inviolability of the individual human being. But in our...
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September 1946