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Judaism: Profile of a Faith.
“Dr. Bokser is to be commended
for having given us another fine volume to place in the hands
of intelligent Jews who ask pertinent questions about traditional
beliefs and who expect Judaism to be no less mature than the
philosophies and scientific views to which they are exposed,”
asserted Dr. Louis L. Kaplan in reviewing
Judaism: Profile of
a Faith.
“This book is an excellent presentation of the basic concepts
of Judaism from the point of view of a Conservative Rabbi who
holds to tradition and who reckons with the major questions
and findings of modern scientific thought. Dr. Bokser writes
out of a thorough acquaintance with Jewish primary and sec­
ondary sources, from the Bible to the most recent works. The
book would be valuable if only for its citations from modern
classics not yet available in English, such as the works of Rabbi
Kook.”
Dr. Bokser was ordained as Rabbi by the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America and received his Ph.D. from Columbia.
He has been Rabbi of the Forest Hills Jewish Center since 1935.
During World War II Rabbi Bokser served as Chaplain in the
United States Army. He is a member of the faculty of the
Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and its
Institute for Religious and Social Studies. Rabbi Bokser is also
editor of the Seminary’s radio program “The Eternal Light”
and the author of seven books including
Pharisaic Judaism in
Transition
(1935), and
The Wisdom of the Talmud
(1951).
Rabbi Bokser was born in Poland and lives presently with his
wife and two children in Forest Hills, New York.
Sulamith Ish-Kishor
Sulamith Ish-Kishor, the recipient of the Isaac Siegel Memo­
rial Juvenile Award, is well known for her numerous writings.
In a review of
A Boy of Old Prague,
written by Mrs. Deborah
B. Karp for
In Jewish Bookland,
it is stated, “The simple,
haunting text creates through the eyes of Tomas, a Gentile
peasant boy, the life and death of a ghetto community of 300
years ago. Given by his lord as servant to a Jew in payment of
a debt, Tomas is at first terror-stricken, but he learns to love
the ‘old man who taught me from his Hebrew soul the loving­
kindness which I had never known.’
“The thoughtful young reader will become aware of the
cruelty and injustice of feudal life, the narrowness that bred
anti-Semitism, and the possibility that human feelings could
blossom in such an environment. Hope is entertained, after the