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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
6
of the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, forms
one of the essays in the volume entitled
The great religions o f the
modern world
. . . edited by Edward Jab ra Jurji (Princeton, N. J .,
Princeton University Press, 1946). In some sixty pages Dr.
Neuman paints, in the rich tones of Rembrandtian chiaroscuro, a
magnificent multi-faceted portra it of the faith of his fathers, held
high by a martyred persecuted people, which, despite a tortured
existence, aspires unswervingly to “greater spiritual fruition, and
tenaciously looks forward to the day of rebuilding their national
home in Palestine.”
In
The Jewish way of life
Rabbi David Aronson (New York,
National Academy for Adult Jewish Studies, 1946) presents in
outline the basic ideals of Jewish life. The book deals with such
varied subjects as the relationship between husband and wife,
parents and children, employer and employee, Jew and non-Jew.
Some of the subjects which are touched upon in Rabbi Aronson’s
book are also dealt with in
Path of life
by Rabbi Samuel A. Rubin
(New York, Bloch, 1946) in which a variety of human problems
gleaned from actual experience are discussed by a learned rabbi
who, in the attemp t to solve them, draws abundantly upon the
lore and wisdom of the sages. A forthright modern interpretation
from the so-called Reconstructionist viewpoint of some customs
and practices in Judaism is
What we mean by religion
by Rabbi
Ira Eisenstein (New York, Behrman, 1946). Actually it is a revised
and enlarged edition of the au thor’s
Creative Judaism
(New York,
1936) which, in turn, is a simplified and popular version of Morde-
cai M. Kaplan’s
Judaism as a civilization
(New York, 1934).
Much of Jewish life everywhere concerns itself with religion in
practice and thought. Hence the frequent publication of works
dealing with one or another aspect of applied Judaism. To this
category belongs the significant book entitled
Religious freedom:
the right to practice Shechitah
(Kosher slaughtering) by Rabbis Isaac
Lewin, Michael L. Munk and Jeremiah J. Berman (New York,
Research Ins titu te for Post-war Problems of Religious Jewry,
1946). I t presents a thorough trea tmen t of the history of Shehi-
tah legislation and agitation against it as well as cogent arguments
about the humaneness of the Jewish method of slaughter. The
arguments for Shehitah as a religious practice are presented with
clarity and dignity. The volume was published as a memorandum
to the United Nations urging the issuance of a declaration to the
effect tha t as a function of religious freedom Jews should not be
deprived of the right to practice Shehitah anywhere.
In the
Sabbath and festival ■prayer book\
with a new translation,
supplementary readings and notes, prepared by the Jewish Prayer
Book Commission of the Rabbinical Assembly of America and