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to which Professor Reinhold Niebuhr contributes an interesting
introduction. In
An Anglo-Jewish Scrapbook
1600-1840, the
Rev. Dr. A. Cohen brings together interesting material gleaned
from various sources showing the Jew through English eyes
(London, Cailingold, 1944). Prof. Meyer Waxman did well in
issuing a new enlarged and corrected edition of the second volume
of his
History of Jewish Literature
(New York, Bloch, 1943). One
ventures to hope that he will be able to render a similar service in
connection with the other volumes comprising his very useful
work. Of those publications to the appearance of which American
Jewry looks forward annually there were issued the
Proceedings
(vol. 13) of the American Academy for Jewish Research (New
York, 1943); The
American Jewish Year Book,
(vol. 45) (Philadel-
phia, 1943); Central Conference of American Rabbis,
Year Book
,
(vol. 53) (Cincinnati, 1943). The Jewish Book Council of America
issued the second volume of its
Jewish Book Annual
(New York,
1943). All these publications in addition to the usual reference ser-
vice they render also offer a variety of literary matter generally
not obtainable elsewhere. With the publication of the tenth volume
of
The Universal Jewish Encyclopedia
(New York, 1943) there was
brought to completion a useful body of encyclopedic information
on Jews and Judaism to which many will turn, often advantage-
ously, for ready reference. Simultaneously with the publication
in this country of a new edition of the original text of the Talmud
with all its best known commentaries there also appeared
The
Babylonian Talmud in Selection
, edited and translated from the
original Hebrew and Aramaic by Leo Auerbach (New York,
Philosophical Library, 1944).
Considering the various factors which, in war ridden days,
stimulate literary production in general and especially those which
contribute to Jewish literary expression one must conclude that
the year’s output of books of Jewish content and interest in the
English language compares favorably with that of any other year,
even of any of those of normal times. I t represents a body of
literature which tends to stimulate and to strengthen Jewish life
in a time and a community requiring both inspiration and trust-
worthy guidance.