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From the September 1947 issue

These folk tales and legends from Yemen—the land known in Biblical times as Sheba—are a unique part of Jewish cultural history. Yemen is a fertile...

My parents had a small basement restaurant. It was on Henry Street, near Jefferson. Right in the middle of the old East Side. A meal cost...

Most American economists—60 per cent, if we are to believe a recent Business Week survey—think that a serious economic collapse will take place within the...

To the Editor: For many months your sensitive and valuable magazine has been marred by the untiring cynicism of Mr. Sidney Hertzberg. His adventures in Realpolitik...

L. H. Grunebaum’s credentials for this parent’s view of Jewish education include three children, some years’ activity as a member of a religious school board,...

To the Editor: May I add one delayed firecracker to Martin Thomas’ wonderful demolition of Ilya Ehrenburg in your August issue? In Bucharest the man who probably...

The American has for decades been stigmatized in European writing as the materialist par excellence. Mary McCarthy here takes a fresh look at this traditional...

Humanist in Exile Christ Stopped at Eboli. by Carlo Levi. Translated by Frances Frenaye. New York, Farrar, Straus, 1947. 268 pp. $3.00.   Beyond the penumbra of the great metropolitan...

Copenhagen The Danes are the most homogeneous national group in Europe. For the most part the Danes of today are descendants of the people who inhabited...

Isaak Babel was born in Odessa in 1894. His story “The Awakening” (COMMENTARY, February 1947) describes his early revolt against the prevailing ghetto life of...

To the Editor: I read Samuel J. Hurwitz’s article, “Diagnosing the German Malady,” in the August issue of COMMENTARY, with a great deal of interest and...

This autobiographical memoir, by the pianist Artur Schnabel, of a career that took him “from the last flowering of individualism to the first unfolding of...

The Road Back My Father’s House. by Meyer Levin. The Viking Press, 1947. 192 pp. $2.50.   The author of Citizens, from whom one might have expected massive documentation, has...

To the Editor: In his article, “Racism and America’s World Position,” in the August issue of COMMENTARY, Carl Dreher takes issue with my article in the...

Peretz Sentimentalized Peretz by Sol Liptzin. New York, Yivo, 1947. 379 pp.   Though Isaac Leib Peretz is commonly re-regarded, along with Mendele Mocher Sforim and Sholom Aleichem, as one...

Freud and Judaism Ritual: Psychoanalytic Studies. by Theodor Reik. New York, Farrar, Straus, 1946. 367 pp. $5.00.   In his chapter on “The Shofar” in the present work, Dr. Reik...

The Civil Rights of Aliens The Alien and the Asiatic in American Law. by Milton R. Konvitz. Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1946. 299 pp. $3.00. The Constitution and Civil...

The perennial dilemma of the liberal—how best to make his vote and his political activity count within the American party system—is here discussed by one...

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....

Many thinkers have noted that the “historic role of the Jews” as it appears in the Christian tradition, both on a theological and a general...

The Unwon Victory The Steeper Cliff. by David Davidson. New York, Random House, 1947. 340 pp. $3.00.   Within a few weeks of publication, this first novel about the Military...

Karl Frucht is the scarcely concealed “Sergeant Franck” of this incredible story, which plainly falls into the “stranger than fiction” class. It tells one of...

This poem appears in a letter written by Heine to Moses Moser (October 25, 1824) on the subject of The Rabbi of Bacherach, which Heine...
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September 1947