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BLOCH ----THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
Palestine as a land of refuge. All parts of the country and their
customs are interestingly described.
America and Palestine
, pre-
pared and edited by Reuben Fink (New York, American Zionist
Emergency Council, 1944), is a comprehensive presentation of
the attitude of official America and of the American people toward
the rebuilding of Palestine as a free and democratic commonwealth.
The volume contains, among other pertinent material, not only
the statements on Zionism by the members of the 78th Congress
but also their speeches delivered on the subject in the Senate or
in the House. Much of the documentary material incorporated
in this volume is explored by Professor Carl J. Friedrich in his
American policy toward Palestine
(Washington, D. C., Public
Affairs Press, 1944). The Zionist Organization of America issued
A Jewish commonwealth in Palestine
, our contribution to a better
world, consisting of a series of articles by Ludwig Lewisohn,
Bernard A. Rosenblatt and Albert K. Epstein, republished from
the
New Palestine
(Washington, D. C., 1944); and the Jewish
Frontier Association distributed
The broken pledge
, the case against
the white paper on Palestine (New York, 1944). The same asso-
ciation also publ shed the
Jewish Frontier Anthology
,
1934-1944■
(New York, 1945), a compilation of stimulating articles on a var-
iety of subjects written from the Labor Zionist point of view.
Much of the ground covered in some of the above-mentioned
publications is reviewed in the
Report of the Interim Committee
and the Commission on Rescue, Commission on Palestine, Com-
mission on Post-War, to the delegates of the American Jewish
Conference (New York, 1944). Curious are the contents of Joseph
Erdaily’s
The Jewish world problems solved
(Twain Harte, Calif.,
1945). I t suggests Rhodesia as the Nova Judea, or national Jewish
home, where
all
Jews in the world should settle.
JEWISH RELIGIOUS LIFE
Jewish religious life and experiences with all their wealth in
lore and sentiment should inspire greater literary productivity
than is revealed in last year’s output in American Jewish publica-
tions. But few of the inspiring and instructive sermons which
Jewish preachers delivered during the year have found their way
into print and no substantial collection of Jewish homiletical
material was published during the year. The discourses by five
Jewish preachers in the volume of
Best sermons
, 1944 selection,
edited by George Paul Butler (Chicago, Ziff-Davis, 1944), are
too general in character as hardly to comprise a contribution to
Jewish homiletical writings. Both preachers and laymen will find
it advantageous to resort to
Jewish feasts and fasts
, by the Rev.