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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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edited by Willard L. Sperry, (Cambridge, Ha rvard University
Press, 1945) deals more with Jewry than with Judaism and con-
tains statements, which some may question, such as “Judaism is
not a missionary religion and seeks no converts.” An interesting
pamphlet
Jewish holidays
do you know them?
by Elise F. Moller
with a foreword by Philip Goodman (New York, The Woman’s
Press, 1945) is designed for the use of non-Jews.
The several volumes of Jewish sermons which were published
during the year follow the line long established in American Jewish
homiletical writings.
Oaks and acorns
, addresses to youth and their
elders based on Pentateuchal portions by Aaron Kahan, (New
York, Bloch, 1945) are directed towards Bar Mitzvah youth.
A rabbi s faith
, sermons of hope and courage by Abraham A.
Kellner, (Albany, N. Y., 1946) are decidedly orthodox in charac-
ter. This is equally true of
The 1945 manual of holiday and occa-
sionalsermons
edited by Mendell Lewittes and David B. Hollander
(New York, Rabbinical Council Press, 1945). The
Holiday sermon
pamphlet
which is issued annually by the Commission on Informa-
tion on Judaism of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, while it is
designed to serve the needs of liberal synagogues, is helpful to
others as well. Largely homiletical in character is also
Biting on
granite
by Louis I. Newman (New York, Bloch, 1946). I t con-
tains sermons, addresses, essays, feuilletons, prayers, radio talks,
reviews and other literary material — altogether presenting a
miscellaneous volume of good reading matter.
Disciples of the wise
, the religious and social opinions of American
rabbis by Joseph Zeitlin, (New York, Teachers College, 1945)
presents a statistical study of the views of rabbis on some vital
religious beliefs. The author finds tha t on the God idea “ no
appreciable difference can be seen between the Conservative and
Reform wings.” A like agreement prevails among them on
problems connected with the text and teachings of the Bible, on
prayer, matters of Jewish law, thus indicating that , as a competent
reviewer well pointed out, “The Conservative movement religi-
ously speaking is indistinguishable from the Reform.” In
The
faith of a liberal
, selected essays by Morris Raphael Cohen, (New
York, Holt, 1946) one meets with studies of Spinoza, Brandeis,
Cardozo, Einstein and Heine, as well as on Zionism.
A guide fo r
Jewish youth
, for pupils of Bar Mitzvah age by Samuel Sussman
and Abraham Segal, (Philadelphia, Board of Jewish Education of
the United Synagogue of America, 1946) is intended as “ a course
in Jewish civics or citizenship.”
Personal problems are not altogether neglected in Jewish books.
Books which indicate means of self-adjustment are common in