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POLEMICS
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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Th e num ber o f works defend ing Judaism against Christianity
and u rg ing the p rop e r observance o f Jewish law and the main­
tenance o f Jewish trad ition diminished drastically du r ing the
interwar period. Eisenstein did publish an extensive anthology
o f polemical lite ratu re issued against Christianity and in defense
o f Judaism bu t it consisted o f works tha t had originally appea red
centuries before. His
Otsar Vikkuhim
was published in New York
in 1928. A second edition appeared in Tel Aviv in 1969.
Only th ree original works appeared at this time which a t­
tempted to defend Judaism against the onslaughts o f modern
life, in each instance by relatively unknown authors. T h e first
was entitled
Emek Yehoshafat
by Abraham Issac Hurwitz, pub ­
lished in 1918. We know very little about the au tho r o the r than
he was born in Poland and tha t at the time o f the writing o f
the volume was a resident o f Cincinnati, Ohio. Even the caustic
Ephraim Deinard praised the au th o r’s contents and style and
urged that more publications appea r from his pen. We have
not been able to locate any o the r volumes tha t Hurwitz may
have produced . T h e second o f these volumes was by the p re ­
viously mentioned Ju d ah Moses Bayuk, the scholarly residen t
o f the farm ing community o f Alliance, NJ who, in 1928, pub ­
lished
Emunat Torat Mosheh,
a sophisticated apologetic work for
the observance o f Judaism . It received the app robation o f n u ­
merous p rom inen t figures both in America and Europe and
Palestine, many o f whom commented on the unusual vocation
o f the au tho r as a fa rm er in a small town in New Jersey. Finally,
in 1933 there appeared a trilingual work, in Hebrew, Yiddish
and English, entitled
Emunah Tehorah
by Rabbi Morris Meir
Goldberg, who served originally as a rabbi in Minsk and then
in Saratoga Springs, New York and later in New York City.
CLASSIC TEXTS
The interwar period witnessed the publication o f an unusually
large num ber o f classic texts by medieval writers tha t were pub ­
lished in critical editions, very often by individuals who edited
these texts for academic degrees. T h e re were at least twelve
such texts and we shall p resen t them in the chronological o rd e r
o f the ir appearance.