Page 8 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 11 (1952-1952)

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Hebrew as the sacred tongue of the Bible and as the living tongue
of contemporary Israel. We also cherish and use Yiddish as the
international medium of communication among Jews throughout
the greater part of the Diaspora; Yiddish serves likewise as a
key to a better understanding of our recent ancestors, since a
majority of America’s Jews stems from Eastern European Jewry,
whose thoughts, dreams and moods for many centuries found
utterance in Yiddish.
The Jewish Book Council, which takes a positive s tand towards
Jewish cultural survival in America, seeks through its activities
and resources to add its share to the revival of Jewish learning in
every city, town and hamlet, so th a t we may continue our tradi-
tional role on the world scene as the
Am Hasefer
, the People of
the Book.
I t is customary to include among introductory remarks a few
words of thanks to the editors and contributors who have given
of their time and thought to this Annual. As President of the
Jewish Book Council of America, it is therefore my pleasurable
du ty to thank the Editor, Dr. Mortimer J . Cohen, and the Asso-
ciate Editors, Dr. Jacob Shatzky, Dr. Menahem G. Glenn and
Rabbi I. Edward Kiev. Above all, I must voice the esteem and
gratitude tha t the entire Jewish Book Council feels towards Rabbi
Philip Goodman, our Managing Editor.
Such words are bu t an insignificant reward when compared to
the reward of happiness which came to them during the pre-
paration of this volume, the pure happiness which always comes
as a by-product of devotion to some project or cause beyond self.
When this volume reaches its readers, the editors and writers
who gave it being will be a t work upon its successor and will
be envisaging ever more effective means of bringing the Jewish
wisdom of the past and the Jewish insight of the present to the
readers of tomorrow.