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R ITTENBERG ---- CRITICS SAY
Must Men Hate?
B y S
igm u n d
L
i v i n g s t o n
.
New York,
H
a r p e r s
,
1944. 344 pages. $2.50.
Mr. Livingston describes the history of anti-Semitism from a religious
to a racial war . . . a war first for conversion of Jews to Christianity, dating
from the time of the Crusades, to the later crusades conceived not in
bigotry and superstition but in fraud and deceit. He demonstrates the
methods by which the Nazis used anti-Semitism to prelude the most de-
vouring aggression in history. Then, having pursued the thesis from the
personal to the political, he asks “Can this Hatred be Cured?”
Mr. Livingston’s suggestion is this: “one hundred leaders of progressive
thought in America, properly organized and backed by the churches and
the newspapers, could destroy this monster and render a lasting service
to our country and to humanity at large” . . . Never has an
all-out
effort
been made against this hatred. . . Anti-Semitism can be corrected through
the efforts of the non-Jew.”
The non-Jew must help to replace the stereotype of the Jew by a picture
of the Jew-of-reality. Ministers and preachers, public and religious school
teachers, journalists and newspaper writers, lecturers, public officials and
others can influence the popular mind to straight thinking.
Whatever the criticisms of this book, it is a timely and important
work, because it offers elementary instruction to the many people in
America who have been bewildered, misinformed and troubled about the
Jewish question without knowing where to turn for corrective thinking.
— M i l d r e d B a r i s h i n
Opinion
The Ten Commandments in a Changing V/orld.
B y I
saac
K
l e i n
.
New York,
B
loch
P
u b l i s h i n g
C
om p a n y
,
1944. 141 pages. $1.75.
Chaplain Klein’s little book on the Ten Commandments consists of
ten chapters composed in the classic manner of Jewish homilies. With
great skill the author makes illuminating comment on the ethical prin-
ciples embodied in each of the Commandments, elaborates them with
striking illustrations from rabbinical literature and with keen observance
on their relevancy to modern life. In this book Rabbi Klein continues
the age-old tradition of the Midrash, which is a homiletic interpretation
of the words of Scripture, especially of the Pentateuch. I t is written in
a fluent style easily comprehended but with sufficient content to intrigue
even the well-informed student of the Bible. But its greatest value lies
in the profound understanding of the spirit of the Bible and of rabbinical
literature. The author has a thorough knowledge of the Jewish sources
and uses them with great skill and discernment. The Christian theologian
and preacher will be very grateful for the many citations from rabbinical
sources which, alas, are not easily accessible to him, and which provide
a deeper understanding of the spirit of Jewish literature.
I should like to have many people read this valuable little book if
they wish to gain an insight into Modern Judaism and its relation to
life. Chaplain Klein has used his distinctive talents in preparing a book
which will be of great value, not only to Jews but to Christians who wish
to gain an insight into the spirit of an ancient faith.
— W i l l i a m
H.
F i n e s h r i b e r i n
Crozer Quarterly