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From the July 1948 issue

In all religions, as well as in many non-religious movements, martyrdom is regarded as the supreme act of devotion. A doctrine that claims ultimate truth...

South America is also America; and “From the American Scene” this month takes us to Bogotá, Colombia. How does a Jew live in such an...

It is a natural tendency to try to find some single key for the understanding of complex problems, and this tendency is perhaps especially understandable...

To the Editor: I read with great interest the excellent article by Hannah Arendt in the May issue of COMMENTARY, with its clear warning against the...

In the midst of an unprecedented flood of propaganda against anti-Semitism, there has been little serious effort to examine its impact on its chosen object—the...

The Quick and the Dead Ashes And Fire by Jacob Pat Translated by Leo Steinberg New York, International Universities Press, 1947.254 pp. $3.25.   Anyone who has visited a DP camp...

The Liberal Novel Conspirator. by Humphrey Slater. New York; Harcourt, Brace, 1948. 184 pp. $2.50. The Black Laurel. by Storm Jameson. New York, Macmillan, 1948. 338 pp. $3.00.   Liberalism, as a creative...

In the life and work of Daniel Fuchs, who in the 1930’s published three brilliant novels about Jewish life in New York’s Williamsburg, IRVING HOWE...

Edward N. Saveth, who was active in the campaign that led to passage of the law for a New York state university, here appraises the...

Church and State Religion in Public Education. by V. T. Thayer. New York, Viking Press, 1947. 212 pp. $2.75. The Church As Educator. by Conrad H. Moehlman. New York; Hinds Hayden...

To the Editor: Carey McWilliams’ article “Equality or Fraternities?” in the May COMMENTARY seems to me to deserve comment. I was very much amazed and perturbed...

To the Editor: I cannot let Samuel Gringauz’s article on “Our New German Policy and the DP’s” in the June COMMENTARY pass without protest. For those...

It had been hard to find the synagogue. For all his sixteen years, Isaac Rahabi felt tired. Humbly he slid into a corner pew near...

The Arab Economy Land and Poverty in the Middle East by Doreen Warriner London, Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1948. 148 pp. 7/6.   “Near starvation, pestilence, high death rates,...

At the School for American Studies in Salzburg, Austria, organized by the Harvard student council, American teachers and European students were able to meet and...

To the Editor: I sincerely hope that with the current installment of Sartre’s articles, the outrage has come to an end. I have always suspected that...

To the Editor: My interest in Mr. Bendiner’s “Civil Liberties and the Communists” (in the May COMMENTARY) was not entirely objective, since I myself wrote along...

To the Editor: In the May issue of COMMENTARY, I read with great interest Mr. Moses Kligsberg’s comments on the autobiographies collected by the Yivo in...

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...

Underside of the War The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer New York, Rinehart, 1948. 721 pp. $4.00.   Norman Mailer’s novel about the war in the South Pacific...

You cannot hold the rope by both ends, Having both the world and justice. —Midrash _____________   He Held both ends in his careful hands, Then, looping one around his neck, Flung...

To the Editor: In your May issue, Abraham Joshua Heschel offers us a choice between “The Two Great Traditions,” the Ashkenazic and the Sephardic, as possible...

For centuries the personality type which Jewish teaching held up as an ideal was that of the life-long student (and practitioner) of the Torah, Israel’s...

On the political chess-board that is the Middle East, with Arab nationalism, Zionism, and the great powers struggling for advantage, Iraq is a key piece....

Will Palestine’s anxious weeks of truce lead to a lasting political settlement or will they prove to be only a short wait between two periods...

Who will solace the bucket     That hangs above the dark well, Now that the thirsty sheep No longer are seen at the well? In the desert beds Of sand lie...

Through a long succession of literary protrayals of Jewish life, reinforced in recent years by sociologists and political ideologists (Jewish as well as non-Jewish), there...
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July 1948