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From the March 1948 issue

The writing of “ethical” wills or, as Israel Abrahams puts it, “testamentary directions for the religious and secular guidance of children,” has been a Jewish...

In America, the story goes, anything can happen. In this case, a devout Jew struck oil and, instead of being satisfied with goldplated telephones or...

In times when the month—by—month march of events is of such a character as to give little comfort to the hopes of men in general,...

In the centuries—old debate between science and religion, attention has been devoted almost exclusively to the question of whether or not the statements of religion...

To the Editor: I was immensely gratified to gather from the review of Jacob’s Dream in your January issue that at long last some tribute is...

Vol. 49 American Jewish Year Book. Volume 49 (5708) 1947-1948. Prepared By The American Jewish Committee: Harry Schneiderman, Morris Fine, Maurice Spector, Maurice Basseches. Philadelphia, Jewish...

The Threshold of Emancipation An Autobiography. By Solomon Maimon. Edited, with an epilogue, by Moses Hadas. New York, Schocken Books, 1947. (Schocken Library, No. 5.) 116 pp. $1.50. The...

Deep in our fear we think we will escape     Event, for we have wound our days     around Us till we are inviolate: cocooned By time and bandaged fleshly out...

The Word is Hysteria Eagle at My Eyes by Norman Katkov. New York, Doubleday, 1948. 252 pp. $2.75.   This book begins with the story of a pogrom and ends...

To the Editor: Gertrude M. Kurth’s “The Complex Behind Hitler’s Anti-Semitism” in the January COMMENTARY is an excellent example of what psychoanalysis is trying to do...

When Elissa woke, ever so gently, not admitting to herself that she had been asleep, she reached for the box under her pillow and, finding...

In the discussion of the Palestine problem, the conflict between Russian expansionism and British and American interests in the Middle East has been a moot...

To the Editor: No comment on the Dewey-Benda controversy in your November and January issues seems necessary except to say that Professor Dewey, as always, has...

During the war and after, Hal Lehrman’s dispatches from many capitals of the world earned him his reputation as one of this country’s most informed...

For a few years now we have been deep in a flood of Hollywood films and fictional and non-fictional best-sellers built around psychiatry and psychoanalysis;...

To the Editor: I found Mr. Kristol’s article [ “How Basic Is ‘Basic Judaism’?” in the January COMMENTARY] very sympathetic, especially the paragraph which points out:...

This poem was translated by Jacob Sloan. _____________   Sabbath mornings: When frock-coated Jews with phylactery bags under their arms, fur-hatted heads and shining boots, quickly slipped through the market place on their...

The Universe of Terror Teufel und Verdammte. by Benedikt Kautsky. Zurich, Buechergilde Gutenberg, 1946. 328 pp. $4.00. Der SS-Staat. by Eugen Kogon. Stockholm, Bermann-Fischer, 1947. 434 pp. $4.00.   There were already more...

British Poet in America The Age of Anxiety by W. H. Auden. Random House, 1947. 138 pp. $2.50.   As a large and ambitious production by one of the best...

The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s poorer plays. It has three of his unique soliloquies, a lyrical love scene, a couple of vehement...

To the Editor: The revaluation of Nietzsche is a worthy project for COMMENTARY to initiate. Thomas Mann makes an interesting beginning, interesting because one sees how...

In the present struggle of ideas and ideologies which has created so much confusion among Americans of good will, many have felt the lack of...

It has been known that quite a few in the rabbinate who took leave of absence from their pulpits to serve as chaplains in the...

To the Editor: The article by George Lichtheim, “England: The Citizen on Trial,” in the January issue, is so brilliant a review of the situation in...

Recent years have been full of disappointments for those who believe that, if we are to have a strong progressive movement in this country, much...
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March 1948