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but entirely dedicated to his mystical, passionate love for his
chosen people?
The deeper source of Simon Dubnow’s thought, mostly indis­
cernible from the outside, was always at the threshold of his
mind. His reflections on the subdued conflict between the rational
and irrational elements of his soul fill many pages of his diaries,
and it is most telling that the first of his “Meditations” appended
to his autobiography bears the title, “The Integration of the
Soul” (vol. I l l , pp. 125-131). Can such an integration be achieved
at all?—asks the thinker; and the historian replies—only by con­
ceiving one’s life as a meaningful whole.
No doubt Simon Dubnow’s end is the ineffaceable seal on the
integration of his blessed personality.