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Dr. Julius H. Greenstone (Philadelphia, 1945), a collection of
charmingly written essays, some with a homiletic touch, on all
aspects connected with the origin of the festivals and fast days
in Judaism and with the various modes of their observance as
revealed in the lore and life of the Jews. They are certainly in-
formative and virtually all of them delightfully instructive. More-
over, they are written with a contagious warmth hardly surpassed
in the literature of its kind. Informative, too, is
Reform Jewish
practice and its rabbinic background
, by the Rev. Dr. Solomon B.
Freehof (Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College Press, 1944). I t has
the merit of having been written by a competent authority on
the Halakah of Reform Judaism who knows how to present it
with dignity and in conformity with the needs of the day.
The
concept of a Jewish
“mission
”, by Prof. Chaim Tchernowitz (New
York, Bnai Zion, 1945), represents an interesting discussion of a
subject to which much attention has been given in modern Jewish
theology. I t is an English version of a Hebrew article which ap-
peared in
Bitzaron
, in which vigorous exception is taken to Dr.
Julian Morgenstern’s elucidation of the idea of a Jewish mission
as presented in his
Nation
,
People
,
Religion
. In
This is Judaism
,
by Ferdinand M. Isserman (Chicago, Willet, Clark, 1945), the
rabbi of Temple Israel, St. Louis, Mo., describes the development
and theology of Judaism and the light they throw on problems
of today — war, social injustice, racialism, totalitarianism, etc.
An effort to explain Judaism, largely to non-Jews, is made by
Florence Mary Fitch, in
One God
, the way we worship him (New
York, Lothrop, 1944). Attractively illustrated the work is designed
for children of all ages and offers a description of the different
ways of worshipping God in synagogues and churches. Though
well-written, the section on Judaism is unfortunately not free of
inaccuracies. Another effort in a like direction is Mildred Olivia
Eakin’s
Getting acquainted with Jewish neighbors
(Ne\^ York, Mac-
millan, 1944). Designed as a guide book for leaders of children
in the Protestant church schools, it transmits without any offense
information about Jews and Judaism that Christians ought to
know. A similar book for the use of leaders of children in Catholic
schools would go a long way in removing deep-rooted and wide-
spread misconceptions of the Jews and their practices. A Christian
approach to interfaith relations is offered by Paul Nowell Elbin
in
Brotherhood through religion
(Philadelphia, Dorrance, 1944), in
which anti-Semitic prejudice is discussed rather frankly. An in-
structive discussion of anti-Semitic manifestations in various per-
iods throughout history is contained in
A panorama of prejudice
by Harry Cohen (New York, Bloch, 1944). Useful suggestions
for counteracting the effects of racial and religious prejudice is