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From the August 1947 issue

These prayers are taken from a collection of verse translations (with the Hebrew, Yiddish, and Aramaic texts on facing pages) which is to be published...

Nothing about the Jews is fixed, not even the reactions they evoke. The metropolis with its Jewish masses, the small town with its dozen families,...

Discussion of the “German problem” has too often been smothered in a mist of understandable emotion, prejudice, and voluble ignorance. Samuel J. Hurwitz, who here...

To the Editor: In my review of Blessed Is the Match, by Marie Syrkin, in the July COMMENTARY, I said: “It is significant to me that...

To the Editor: I have been reading COMMENTARY eagerly for some months—I regard it as a first-rate publication, and it is a real delight to see...

Failure of a Mission Behind the Silken Curtain. by Bartley C. Crum. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1947. 297 pp. $2.75. Palestine Mission: A Personal Record. by Richard Crossman. New York,...

A Joseph Story Charioteer. by Gertrude Eberle. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wm. B. Erdman’s Publishing Co., 1946. 295 pp. $2.50.   Mrs. Eberle believes that “a steadfast, positive faith accomplishes all...

Many thoughtful people see the central political problem of our time as that of achieving economic security without thereby sacrificing the values of the liberal...

When you come back from Europe in the summer of 1947, it is not the plentiful food nor the well-stocked stores nor the undamaged cities...

To the Editor: I was struck (I should say stricken) by Milton Hindus’ article, “F. Scott Fitzgerald and Literary Anti-Semitism,” and surprised at its appearance in...

It is an aim of this department to encourage discussion of significant issues raised by current books. Good reviewers, we have found, have independent judgment...

To the Editor: I read Paul Massing’s article, “Is Every German Guilty?” in the May COMMENTARY with a great deal of enthusiasm. I feel it is...

Why did Heine become a Christian? We can discount many of the usual motives that lead to conversion. .Heine did not expect any financial advantage....

To the Editor: William Phillips’ “Great Wall of Criticism” in the June issue of COMMENTARY looked to me like one of the most adequate pieces to...

A boyhood as one of a Jewish storekeeping family in the Negro district of an Alabama town and some four decades of interest in Jewish...

Place me in the breach with every other     stone, And pound me in; Perhaps I shall then appease my motherland, And the guilt of a people which did not Reclaim...

The experience of the past fifteen years has made the question of nationalism a crucial one for all the peoples of the world, and for...

Aryeh is a sabra. A sabra is a species of cactus indigenous to the hot dry soil of Palestine; and sabra is the name for...

The Art of Exhaustion Seedtime. by Leo Katz. New York, Knopf, 1947. 381 pp. $3.00.   Seedtime is a parable of passivity. Its plot is tangential to a sequence of...

“My life resembles a vaudeville act with many changes of costume, but I am not a ham. .I am only trying to be obedient.” “I don’t...

Any aspect of British foreign policy must, to be understood, be viewed as part of a complex network whose ultimate purpose is to support the...

Realism and Sociology The Children. by Howard Fast. New York, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1947. 190 pp. $2.50.   Curiosity always undermines my resolution never to read authors’ prefaces and...

How Did Spinoza Look? The Face of Benedictus Spinoza. by Simon L. Millner. New York, Machmadim Art Editions, 1946. .51 pp., 42 pi. .$7.50.   What did Spinoza look like?...

To the Editor: I have known Dr. Leo S. Baeck for many years, although I only met him for the first time a few weeks ago....

Sidney Hertzberg seeks in this regular department to provide a fair and impartial report of important trends in world affairs in their implications for Jews....

To the Editor: What contribution the intellectuals driven to this country by Hitlerism are making and will make cannot be easily answered. That they are actually...
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August 1947