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key and decisive role in Jewish continuity, whether in terms of
literature or community — as indicated above, these are insepa­
rable. Among the most significant Torah publications of this
c en tu ry , listed above, a re :
D a ’at miqra, Torah shelemah,
Entsiklopedyah talmudit,
Otsar ha-posqim.
Perusal of
Foundation fo r Jewish Culture: summary of institutional grants by sub­
ject area 1965-1979
indicates that all these publication series —
and more — received substantive support from the Foundation.
This reflects the sound judgment of the Foundation, i.e. its ability
to ferret out the best from the many applications it receives, and
its ongoing commitment to Jewish survival through literary ex­
All the above is the good news. The bad news is, as other
Jewish organization reports will indicate, that assimilation contin­
ues to wear away at the ever-expanding periphery of the Jewish
community, and at an alarming rate. Attrition is sufficiently high
that prophets of doom almost regularly predict the demise of J u ­
daism and the Jewish community. Doubtless the battle for Jewish
survival will have to be fought on many fronts. None, however, is
more important than the battle to maintain the very essense of
Judaism, the teachings of the Torah. The Memorial Foundation
for Jewish Culture has performed admirably — with limited re­
sources — in monitoring this front to date. Torah scholarship is
thriving, momentarily at least, but it will not continue to do so
unless the Jewish community is prepared to commit the resources
necessary to assure success. The economy, assimilation, and in­
difference are a few among the many obstacles to the growth of
Torah scholarship. Only a firm commitment to Torah scholar­
ship — and to the growing and vibrant Jewish community sus­
tained by it — will assure Jewish survival in a hostile world.