Page 51 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 3

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Deutch alone would be worthy of a special memoir. T h e
American
Israelite
in Cincinnati — which in those days carried the important
and scholarly writings of Professor Deutch, Dr. David Philipson,
Professor Max L. Margolis and other educators at the H. U. C.—
was the medium for the illuminating articles and essays of Rabbi
Max Heller whose noble life and labors should have been perpetu-
ated in a volume. But I am thinking now particularly of one
product of Cincinnati in the shape of a book which was deserving
far more attention and consideration than it received.
The Rise
and Destiny of the German Jews
by Professor Jacob A. Marcus is
a volume so packed full of information, so thorough in its survey
of a great period of history, that serious students can ill afford to
be without it. I t should head the list of all important recent
books of reference.
A Hundred Years of Jewish History
by Professor Ismar Elbogen
is a book suffused with the type of scholarship and comprehension
which characterizes the above volume. The wide knowledge, the
deep scholarship, the clear judgment, the passionate devotion to
his theme which is his people, his notation of every occurrence in
Jewry — up to the last cursory article of the present commenta-
tor — all these characteristics we shall find in the last work of this
great historian and exponent of Jewish teachings. But the in-
describable charm of the man, his affability, his fine sympathy,
his playful humor and apt word, his guidance and encouragement
. . . these I shall not meet again during my walks on the upper
west side of New York. To him and to others who are no longer
here, memory is full of gratitude.