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fears, frustrations and hopes, and with the Jewish situation, the
role of the Jewish people, and the relevance of its heritage in a
world where the position of the Jew is both conspicuous and
precarious. Alan Steinbach has brought his general and Jewish
cultural background to bear on contemporary life in several vol­
umes of collected papers,
In Search of the Permanent and Other
Essays
(1946),
Faith and Love
(1959), and most recently,
Through
Storms We Grow
(1964).
If we were called upon to epitomize Alan Steinbach’s philosophy
of life we might well find it in the titles of these last named works.
In a world of dizzying and dismaying change, where men’s lives
are torn asunder by dissolving loyalties and disintegrating ideals,
Alan Steinbach has held fast to his vision of the permanent and
enduring unity of faith and love as the highest aspiration of man,
while his trust in man has been nurtured by the conviction that
through storms we grow in sympathy and understanding. Like
the prophets of Israel whom he loves, Alan Steinbach is able to
discern in the chaos of today the prelude to a new and better era
for Israel and humanity.
For the ancient Greeks the three ultimate goals of human striv­
ing are goodness, truth and beauty. But for Alan Steinbach, who
is not a Greek but a Jew, the three concepts are one, or, if you
will, three aspects of the Divine unity which we are bidden to
advance in God’s world.
Alan Steinbach’s poetic gifts, his cultural background, and his
intellectual attainments, which are capped by humility and in­
tegrity, give him a place unique among the most creative and
dedicated sons of American Jewry. On the occasion of his seventy-
fifth birthday, the American Jewish community salutes him with
gratitude and a prayer that his creative vigor may continue un­
abated, as he enjoys his well-merited leisure —
ad me’ah v’esrim
shanah.