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AMERICAN JEWISH NON-FICTION BOOKS
1954-1955
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HE Tercentenary of Jewish life in the United States witnessed
the appearance of significant works by Jewish scholars and
authors. The volumes published, over one hundred, are at least
equal to the number of titles issued annually for the last several
years.
Volumes on American Jewish history by well-known historians
and memoirs and biographies of prominent American Jews were
of special interest to readers in search of information on American
Jewish life. The
Jewish Tourist's Guide
to all the forty-eight states
and the increasing number of local histories brought to light
countless facts about what the Jews achieved in America.
A prominent place in this list of books is held by translations of
the Bible and Apocrypha, the works of Maimonides, the
Abot of
Rabbi Nathan
and the late Prof. Ginzberg’s essays on the Talmud
and on the Halachah. In addition to these translations of the
sources, the reader of current Jewish non-fiction will find a richly
rewarding harvest of essays and works on the philosophy of
Judaism, Jewish customs and folklore, art and music and the
invaluable year books and proceedings which contain a wealth of
information and the product of research on Jews and Judaism by
eminent Jewish scholars.
A
g u s
, J
acob
B. Guideposts in modern Judaism. New York, Bloch, 1954. 450 p.
A summary of the main ideas behind the religious movements in American
Judaism and an interpretation of modern Jewish theology.
American Jewish Year Book. v. 56. 1955. Morris Fine, editor; Jacob Sloan,
associate editor. New York, American Jewish Committee; Philadelphia, Jewish
Publication Society, 1955. 682 p.
The usual complete review of Jewish life during 1954 is headed by three
extensive articles in celebration of the Tercentenary on the social characteristics
of American Jews by Nathan Glazer, on the acquisition of rights by Jews by
Oscar and Mary F. Handlin, and a survey by Joseph L. Blau on the spiritual
life of American Jewry.
B
e h r m a n
,
S. N. The Worcester account. New York, Random, 1954. 239 p.
The author’s reminiscences of Jewish life in a small New England Jewish
community at the turn of the century, giving the essence of American Jewish
folklore.
B
e n t w ic h
, N
o rm a n
.
For Zion’s sake: a biography of Judah L. Magnes. Phil-
adelphia, Jewish Publication Society, 1954. 360 p.
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