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INTRODUCTION
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HE fourth century for American Jewry has begun. “We
stand,” as Sol Liptzin noted, “at the apex of an uninter-
rupted growth in numbers, in prestige, in affluence, and in in-
fluence.” The past president of the Jewish Book Council of
America concluded: “This is one of those rare historic moments
when the Guardian of our destiny puts our fate in our own hands
and gives us the opportunity freely to choose our future. The
choice we make, involving the character of our cultural survival
as Jews in America, will re-echo down the generations and will
affect the lives of our descendants until the end of time.”
In this rare historic moment the Jewish Book Council of America
acts with resolute determination that the balance may be tipped
in favor of a rich Jewish cultural survival in this land. The pro-
motion of Jewish Book Month grows annually and embraces com-
munity after community. The encouragement of Jewish authors
by way of counsel and awards continues. Techniques for the es-
tablishment of Jewish libraries in universities and other insti-
tutions are provided. Book lists for children and adults and for
home libraries are readily supplied. (Getting the Jewish book
into the American-Jewish home looms up as the fundamental pre-
requisite for Jewish cultural survival.) Finally, the Jewish Book
Council publishes this
Jewish Book Annual
, which, in essence, is
a Jewish book almanac, for distribution among literate and book-
loving Jews around the globe.
The thirteenth volume of the
Jewish Book Annual
welcomes
the contributions of many old friends and a few new writers. The
750th anniversary of the death of Maimonides is treated with
a selected bibliography by Jacob I. Dienstag. The centennial
Yahrzeit
of that poetic genius Heinrich Heine, who prophesied
that America will be the coming land for Jewry, is observed by
Sol Liptzin. Meyer Waxman, may his creative years be many, is
lauded by Leonard C. Mishkin. Mortimer J. Cohen appraises
the unique contribution to our literature which has come from
The Dropsie College.
Yiddish lives in our Annual. Here are Opatoshu, Ettinger, the
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