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In this context, it is quite understandable why the trilingual
bibliographies of new books are of paramount importance in
every
Annual.
They include: American Jewish Non-Fiction
Books; American Jewish Fiction Books; Jewish Juvenile Books;
American Hebrew Books; Yiddish Books; Anglo-Jewish Books,
and Selected Books of Israel. These provide a barometer by which
we may measure both qualitatively and quantitatively, the Jew-
ish cultural climate in the past year.
Having referred to Saul Bellow in my opening paragraph, I
return to him by calling attention to Dr. David H. Hirsch’s in-
cisive and illuminating essay, “Jewish Identity and Jewish Suf-
fering in Bellow, Malamud, and Philip Roth." Dr. Hirsch has
probed microscopically to reveal how these widely acclaimed
novelists have tried, each in his unique way, to come to terms
with the concept of Jewish identity. He analyzes, at times bril-
liantly, the manner in which they seek to cope with the problem
of suffering as it is related initially to the American experience
and ultimately to universal human experience.
IV
Year after year we are privileged to voice our thanks to those
who help make possible the appearance of the
Jewish Book
Annual.
We are profoundly thankful to our sponsor, the National
Jewish Welfare Board, and to the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation
whose generous financial support is provided by our worthy and
esteemed colleague Mr. Harry Starr, a member of our Advisory
Editorial Board. Past presidents Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen and
Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman have again, through their zealous
efforts, solicited substantial sums on behalf of the
Annual.
A special expression of our appreciation is extended to our
genial, industrious Managing Editor, Rabbi Philip Goodman.
His sincere leadership and his genuine love for the Jewish book
serve as an inspiration to all of us who are associated with him.
It is a pleasure for the editors to congratulate Rabbi Goodman
on the recent publication of his
Illustrated Essays on Jewish Book-
plates
(Ktav Publishing House),
The Rosh Hashanah Anthology
and
The Yom Kippur Anthology;
the last two were issued by the
Jewish Publication Society. They are splendid additions to his
previous books—
The Purim Anthology, The Passover Anthology,
Rejoice in Thy Festival,
and
The Jewish Marriage Anthology,
co-authored with his wife Hanna. We salute both of them with
a warm
yeyasher koah.