Page 23 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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BLOCH— THE YEAR ’S BOOKSHELF
these swift and clamorous days when great numbers of people find
difficulty in achieving inner peace and mental health, in devising
ways of getting along with others. Religious teachers have much
to offer in the solution of personal crises, which are at least as
much spiritual as they are psychological. Jewish religious teach-
ings are now being drawn upon and put in simple form; they are
given homely practical bearing on the troubles of the typical man
and woman. In this highly useful endeavor, Jewish authors are
doing their part. One of the year’s “ best sellers” belongs to this
class of literature. I t is a work of a prominent American rabbi
entitled
Peace of mind
by Joshua Loth Liebman (New York,
Simon and Schuster, 1946) in which an a t temp t is made to syn-
thesize religious and psychological concepts to form a pattern for
mental health in the world today.
WORKS ON ANTI-SEMITISM
The literature designed to counteract the effects of anti-Semitism
continues to grow, though not so much in quality as in quantity.
I t seems tha t every Jewish defense organization and the agencies
they have set up confine their major activities to flooding the
country with printed and multigraphed materials of questionable
value. Most of it is somehow or other made available to Jews and
serve no purpose whatsoever in counteracting anti-Semitic en-
deavors. However, they do succeed in scaring Jews about the
dangers of anti-Semitism. The amount of appalling misinforma-
tion they transmit is enormous. One is therefore glad to meet with
a few titles which represent publications tha t tend to rectify the
condition thus created. Such a work is the modest volume
A ll
God's children
, a Jew Speaks, by Armond E. Cohen (New York,
Macmillan, 1945). The author, a young American rabbi, presents
in letter form “descriptive sketches of Jewish history? religion,
customs and ceremony, and internal social organization” , and
attempts to refute certain charges commonly made against the
Jews. Another American rabbi, Dr. G. George Fox, in his
An
American Jew speaks
(Chicago, Falcon Press, 1946) at tempts to
provide non-Jews with the answers to the accusations and slanders
of anti-Semites. Thought provoking is the well written book
A partisan guide to the Jewish problem
by Milton Steinberg (In-
dianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill, 1945). In it the distinguished rabbi of
the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York offers a keen analysis
of the present-day Jewish problem in all its varied aspects. He
gives thoughtful consideration to the roles Zionism and Palestine