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OLUME X I of the Jewish Book Annual, like its ten pre-
decessors, surveys, via bibliographies and feature articles,
the cultural life led by American Jews, in so far as this life has
found embodiment in published books during the past year.
In the mid-twentieth century, a unique privilege has been
vouchsafed to five million human beings on this globe, the privi-
lege to experience both the rich heritage of America, the western-
most outpost of the Occident, and the historic — now revitalized
— heritage of Israel tha t spans three thousand years. The inter-
action between these two cultural forces, this living both in space
and time, this cross-fertilization of dynamic spiritual strains, has
set the Jewish soul in America in ferment. New dreams are
arising and new thoughts are being conceived. Jewish books
communicate these ideas and visions. The Jewish Book Council
of America aims to further this communication by increasing its
reading public, and the present Annual seeks to call attention
to books of value to Jews and to those of their neighbors who
want to know Jews better.
Such books are published in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.
The Jewish Book Annual, in preceding volumes, recognized this
fact by appearing in three sections, each devoted to a single
language. The present yearbook attempts an innovation. While
retaining its trilingual character, it does not separate the languages
in different compartments but rather interweaves them in its
pages even as they are interwoven in the life of the articulate
sectors of the Jewish community.
This community is monotheistic, bicultural, and trilingual.
From its synagogues and temples there resound prayers to the
Lord who is One. Its schools, its centers and its homes affirm
tha t the experiencing of two cultures, th a t of the American
geographic environment and tha t of the Jewish historic heritage,
enriches far more and is far more invigorating than the calm
nestling in a single culture. Its literature and folklore are embed-
ded in three languages, each of which conveys abiding treasures
of the mind and the heart. While most of us find our normal
expression and creative activity in English, we cherish and study