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World
is an autobiography by Max Thorek (Philadelphia, Lippin-
cott, 1943) a Chicago physician, a native of Hungary, who has
risen to eminence in his profession.
Where s Sammy
? edited by
Robert Considine (New York, Random House, 1943) presents
highlights and scoops in the career of Samuel Schulman, an Inter-
national News Service photographer.
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Judah P. Benjamin
, Con-
federate Statesman by Robert D. Meade (New York, Oxford
University Press, 1943) purports to be a definitive biography of a
fabulous American Jew who played a remarkable role in the Con-
federacy. In his
Rabbi Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet and His Times
,
the Rev. Dr. Abraham M. Hershman (New York, Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary of America, 1943) offers a comprehensive study of
an eminent medieval authority in rabbinical lore. Biographical
and other data of considerable value are contained in the collection
of
Saadia Studies
, edited by Drs. Abraham A. Neuman and
Solomon Zeitlin, and issued in commemoration of the one thou-
sandth anniversary of the death of Saadia Gaon by the Dropsie
College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning (Philadelphia, 1943).
This is equally true of the
Saadia Anniversary Volume
issued by
the American Academy for Jewish Research (New York, 1943)
and of
Saadya Gaon>
edited by E. I. J. Rosenthal (Manchester,
1943). They all offer worth-while contributions on aspects of the
life and work of the most eminent of the Gaonim written by
competent hands. Rather disappointing is the volume
Rab Saadia
Gaon
: Studies in His Honor, edited by Louis Finkelstein (New
York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1944). With the
exception of the comprehensive treatment of the life and work of
Saadia by Prof. Alexander Marx, this collection measures up
neither in content nor in make up to the standards set in earlier
publications of the Seminary or to those above mentioned Saadia
volumes. Of more contemporary interest is the posthumously
published
Pioneers and Builders
, biographical studies and essays
on Jewish ideologists, poets, statesmen, scholars and others, by
Abraham Goldberg (New York, 1943).
The rapid strides which Jewish education is making in this
country are, in some measure, reflected in the literary output of
the year. Various organizations and institutions of learning have
contributed their respective shares to the growth in the number
of textbooks and related publications. The Union of American
Hebrew Congregations is particularly active in this direction and
some of its contributions to Jewish educational literature are
notable. During the past year it published
The Stream of Jewish
Life
by Dorothy Alofsin (Cincinnati, 1943), a presentation in
story form, for young people of high school age, of “most of the
significant American Jewish institutions and organizations.”
Closely related to this work is Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn’s
Modern Jewish Problems
(Cincinnati, 1943). I t is actually a revised
and enlarged presentation of a work originally issued in 1941 and
serves as a useful text-book for high school classes and Jewish
youth groups. Quite useful is
Your Life's Work
, a guide for youth
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