Page 97 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 15

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Against this mirage of the Melting Pot, Pinski issued a solemn
warning in his two novels of American-Jewish life:
The House of
Noah Eden
(1929) and
Arnold Levenberg
(1925). Not decay but
renascence, was his slogan. He saw the regeneration of the Jewish
soul in Israel, which he visited in 1932 and 1936, and his essays of
those years became impassioned hymns to the new Jew on the
old-new earth.
In his seventy-fifth year, he saw his lifelong dream of a Jewish
state become a reality. In 1949 he left America and took up his
domicile atop Mt. Carmel overlooking Haifa Bay. A smile
wreathed his lips and jo y reigned in his heart. In Israel the weight
of years was lifted from his shoulders. New visions floated about
him and new songs sang within him. A rejuvenated burst of
creativity came to this Nestor of Yiddish Literature, this golden
link between the age of Peretz and our own age. Dramas of
Samson and of King Saul were completed in the ninth decade of his
life, presaging other biblical dramas to follow.
The reader who delves into Pinski’s works in prose and verse,
in drama and fiction, stands in the presence of a writer who is
beneficent and serene, tolerant and wise, a guide to more moral
living, a dreamer of messianic dreams, a source of consolation
along life’s troubled ways, and a champion of Jewish values in
this embattled world.