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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
tions from Ber Borochov,. Albert Memmi, Ludwig Lewisohn; also
a statement from Boris Kochubievsky, expressing the dream of
Russian Jewish activists about going to Israel.
The new books are a welcome addition to Jewish devotional
literature. If religion is to have a future, even one fragmented
and insignificant as foreseen by some, it must be in fresh, even
radical approaches such as these. In the refusal to accept secu­
larism as normative and binding, and in emphasizing celebration,
remembrance and communication, the prayerbooks are note­
worthy. They remind us of Jews who are searching for meaning
in the twentieth century in the context of the Jewish people, the
Shoah,
the establishment of Israel, and the space age. Above all,
they remind us tha t man is forever seeking attunement with the
structures and rhythms of his environment, and through them
with a transcendent beyond.