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RECENT OUTSTANDING HEBREW BOOKS
IN AMERICA*
By
D
a n i e l
P
e r s k y
With the destruction by the Nazis of the Jewish communities
in Europe, the large centers of learning which had sustained the
spirit of our people for generations were uprooted. Even modern
Hebrew literature, whose main center, to be sure, had been trans-
ferred to Palestine, was still able to show various signs of creativity
in the period between the two wars in Eastern European countries
like Poland, Lithuania and Germany. But now, after the com-
plete destruction of Jewish life effected by the Nazi hordes in
those regions, the United States remains almost the only country
in the Diaspora in which Hebrew literature shows a marked
development.
During the last few years an energetic Hebrew literary activity
has appeared in America. We already have a number of Hebrew
magazines of note and influence: the weekly
Hadoar
, edited by
Menahem Ribalow, now in its twenty-third year; the monthly
Bitzaron
, edited by Chaim Tchernowitz, now in its fifth year; the
bi-monthly for youth,
Niv,
edited by Yaakov Kabakoff, now in
its sixth year; the bi-weekly
Hadoar Lanoar
, edited by Daniel
Persky, now in its tenth year; the pedagogic quarterly,
Shevile
Hahinukh
, edited by Zevi Scharfstein, now in its fourth year; and
the semi-annual,
Harofe Haivri
, edited by Moses Einhorn, now
in its seventeenth year. There are also published the annual
collective volume,
Sefer Hashanah I'Yehude Amerika
, edited by
Menahem Ribalow, and the periodical devoted to Jewish science,
Horeb
, edited by Pinkhos Churgin.
These publications provide spiritual satisfaction for a reading
public of as high as twenty thousand regular subscribers. In the
course of the years a group of talented Hebrew writers in the
various fields has developed — story-writers, poets, scholars, pub-
Heists and journalists. These authors occupy an important place
in present-day Hebrew literature, which is chiefly centered in
Palestine.
In recent years a number of Hebrew publishing houses have
arisen in America. The most important of these are:
Ogen
, pub-
lishing agency of the Histadruth Ivrith of America; the Hebrew
Publication Society of Palestine and America (
Sefarim
); Shulsinger
Bros.;
Shilo
House, directed by Professor Zevi Scharfstein, and
*Reprinted from the Reconstructionist, June, 1944.
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