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From the August 1948 issue

According to the sages, if a man’s wife did not wish to accompany him on the pilgrimage to Jerusalem it was sufficient grounds for divorce—so...

In the March 1948 COMMENTARY, a “returned chaplain” had some candid words to say about his congregations, both civil and military. Harry Gersh here tells...

In times when month-by-month events give little comfort to the hopes of men in general, and perhaps of Jews in particular, it is the task...

It is by now a truism that each age writes its own history: and conversely trends in history writing may reflect—even foreshadow—changes in cultural attitudes...

Readers will have to decide for themselves whether this arresting proposal comes from the imprisoned emotion of one of the world’s displaced or from the...

The gap between American ideals and American practice has nowhere been more poignantly evident than in the unsavory history of our treatment of the Indians....

Now that the primary aim of American Zionism—the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine—has been achieved, it is generally recognized that we enter a...

With this article, Paul Weiss continues the analysis of basic religious issues in the light of modern thought that he began with his “The True,...

Probably no theatrical group of our times has had so exciting and intimate a relationship with the cultures of Europe and Palestine as the famous...

The Poet in America Hart Crane: A Biographical and Critical Study. by Brom Weber. New York, The Bodley Press, 1948. 424 pp. $4.50.   The best reason for being interested...

There is the hour when Meat has left the bone, and Simple folk are rotting in a Greater time. All death is great Save that endured in life. The weed...

The development of parliamentary democracy and individual liberty was made possible above all by the vigor, intelligence, and prosperity of the middle class. The decade...

The Real King Solomon King Solomon. by Frederic Thieberger. London, East and West Library, 1947. 313 pp. 12s. 6d.   Thanks to the progress of archaeology, it is becoming increasingly...

The Conquerors Small Victory. by Zelda Popkin. New York, Lippincott, 1947. 280 pp. $2.75. Straw to Make Brick. by Alan Marcus. New York; Little, Brown, 1947. 435 pp. $3.00.   These novels deal...

Portrait of the American The American People: A Study in National Character. by Geoffrey Gorer. New York, Norton, 1948. 246 pp. $3.00.   Geoffrey Gorer, a young British cultural anthropologist,...

The Nazis left many a mystery behind them—history has still to fathom the motivations of that strange compound of savagery and sophistication, cold calculation and...

Journey from Home The Glory of thy People: The Story of a Conversion. by Father M. Raphael Simon. New York, Macmillan, 1948. 139 pp. $2.00.   Father Simon tells the...

The doorbell rang and Frau Griesgram padded out in her prewar felt slippers. In the old days, she recalled, a ring of the bell would...

To the Editor: In explaining the large percentage of Hebrew words in Yiddish, Maurice Samuel says in his article (in the June COMMENTARY) that “one of...

The Great Prisoner Writings and Speeches of Eugene V. Debs. With an introduction by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. New York, Hermitage Press, 1948. 484 pp. $4.00.   Mr. Schlesinger has performed...
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August 1948