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JEW IS H BOOK ANNUAL
our gratitude to Dr. David Hardan, director of the Cultural
Division, Department for Education and Culture in the Diaspora,
Jerusalem, for making available Dr. Fisch’s article.) Both are
third aliyah poets, bu t their verse and their mood are poles
apart.
Intensely interesting is the article “The Jewish Braille Library,”
by Jacob Freid and Richard Borgensen. T he authors describe the
library’s activities, which are calculated not only to open a
window for the Jewish blind and partially-sighted to gain a better
understanding of their Jewish heritage, bu t also to provide in­
formation regarding democracy and its lofty goals to all blind
and partially-sighted, regardless of race, creed, color or national
origin.
David DeNola’s “T he Jewish Student Press—Pulsebeat of the
Movement” is a challenging document describing the genesis and
the development of various student journals and their influence
in providing a forum from which Jews may examine and evaluate
their Jewish identity, individually and collectively.
While the great bulk of the articles are in English, there are
several, including the bibliographies of American Hebrew Books,
Yiddish Books, and Selected Books of Israel, written in Hebrew
or in Yiddish. Thus, our trilingual pattern is meticulously ad­
hered to.
I l l
Each year, in contemplating our necrology roster, we recall
dolefully Emily Dickinson’s poignant stanza reminding us tha t
death is a high voltage current runn ing through life:
Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me—
The Carriage held bu t just
Ourselves—
And Immortality.
During the past year we were bereft of three luminaries in the
fields of Jewish scholarship and belles-lettres: Walter J. Fischel
(1902-1973), Avraham Shlonsky (1900-1973) and Morris Epstein
(1921-1973). Included in this volume are tributes to Mr.
Shlonsky and Prof. Fischel, and a tender memorial resolution