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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
citizens, we shall celebrate with unalloyed fervor the Bicentennial
of our blessed country. And with good reason! The last genera­
tion saw over a dozen living American Jewish Nobel Prize win­
ners in physics, medicine and chemistry, five Supreme Court
justices, scores in our legislative bodies, the president of the
National Academy of Sciences, and presently a Secretary of State
and head of the U.S. National Security Council, and a U.S.
Attorney General whose father and grandfather were rabbis in
America. These opportunities to serve our country have enhanced
the whole structure of our American Jewish community, and
basic to that structure is the injunction voiced in
Abot
some 2,000
years ago by Rabbi Haninah: “Pray and work for the welfare of
the government, for were it not for reverence of government men
would swallow each other alive.”
III
Profoundly significant in every volume of our
Annual
are the
seven bibliographies of new books in English, Hebrew and Yid­
dish during the previous twelve-month period. Circumscribing a
broad cultural spectrum, these books comprise a compendium of
the Jewish literary harvest gleaned in 1974-1975; they provide a
barometer to measure contemporary Jewish literary productivity.
The following bibliographies are included: American Jewish
Non-Fiction Books; American Jewish Fiction Books; Jewish
Juvenile Books; American Hebrew Books; Yiddish Books; Anglo-
Jewish Books; Selected Books of Israel.
Among the general articles of lively interest are the following:
“The Beginning of Hebrew Printing,” by A. M. Haberman (in
Hebrew); “Judaica in the
Encyclopedia Britannica”
by Sefton
D. Temkin; “Recent Works in English on Jewish Mysticism,” by
Salamon Faber; “The Rise of the Yiddish Press,” by Leo Fuks
of Holland (in Yiddish) ; illuminating articles on Harvard’s
Professor Harry A. Wolfson, by Arthur Hyman, on former Israeli
President Zalman Shazar, by Abraham I. Katsh, on Meyer Levin,
by Samuel I. Bellman, on Abraham Reisin, by Israel Knox, and
on Sol Liptzin, by this writer.
IV
Regarding death, there is a dictum in
Abot
(3.21): “This
world is like a vestibule to the future world; prepare yourself in