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Ages (Saadia Gaon, Yehudah Halevi, Maimonides), etc. There
are also included his well-known articles on the life of Moses,
the fate of the Jewish people, the Maccabees, the system of Ahad
Haam , the future of Judaism, the Christian legend, etc. Dr.
Kaminka is known for his radical ideas, which are usually opposed
to our accepted concepts. But even if we do not agree with his
daring views, we find him second to none in stimulating our interest
and thinking.
The well-known Zionist leader and thinker Dr. Solomon
Goldman, has contributed his book
Am
,
Olam vEretz
, translated
into Hebrew by S. Halkin (Ogen, New York, 251 pages). This
is a collection of the essays and studies of the author on Judaism
and the Jewish question. These writings constitute a significant
contribution to our national thought. Historically and critically
the author examines the various problems that have been facing
us for the last generation —
galut
, the function of the rabbi, the
aim of Judaism, religious reform, the White Paper, etc. — and
comes to the only possible solution: Zionism. The author takes
the opponents of the national idea to task and is especially critical
of the assimilationists in their various manifestations. This is
a book written with unusual frankness, with national pride and
boundless love for Judaism.
The volume entitled
Kitve Yitzhak Beaber
, contains Biblical
researches, historical essays and articles on education. I t is
edited by Daniel Persky and was published by the widow of the
author (New York, 186 pages). The author, who was an instructor
in the Hebrew High School, died in 1941. Previously he had gone
to Palestine, where he taught in the settlements of Galilee, and
then returned to New York. With great diligence he applied
himself to Biblical research and began to issue in Tel Aviv a
“Popular Bible” with modern punctuation and arrangement. The
present work contains penetrating studies of Micah and Jere-
miah, as well as portraits of most of the prophets. The author
possessed a strong imagination and a fine historical sense, and
was able to enter into the life of the First Commonwealth and to
know the thought and feelings of our ancestors. This is a book
which combines great knowledge with deep understanding. The
number of Hebrew books on the Bible is so few, that this fine
work deserves our greatest commendation.
In the field of
belles-lettres
there have recently appeared four
books.
Sefer ha-Mahazot
was written by Harry Sackler, (Ogen, New
York, 416 pages), a well-known dramatist and novelist in Yiddish,
English and Hebrew who always draws the themes for his works
from our past. With great talent he brings to life historical inci-
dents and personalities which have long been forgotten. This is
his first Hebrew book and it contains nine of his plays, written
in his learned and fine Hebrew style. The plays afford interesting
reading material also because of their psychological treatment of
character and historical events.
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