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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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tions, articles and studies. With its traditional hospitality,
Hatekufah
gives space to such longer works as Jacob Cohen’s
five-act tragedy “Jep thah” and Silberschlag’s translation of
Aristophanes’ comedy “Plutos.” The stories range from H a rry
Sackler’s portrayal of the Besht through Reuben Wallenrod’s
tale from American Jewish life. A group of noteworthy poems
includes Zeitlin’s “Joseph Della Reina,” on the theme of the
redemption and Abraham Regelson’s masterful paean of praise
to the Hebrew language. Articles on current Jewish problems,
literary' criticism, popular studies, research and reviews are con-
tained in the concluding sections. These literary works in them-
selves are the finest tribute to A. J. Stybel’s perserverance and
faith in Hebrew letters to the end of his days. I t is good to know
than another volume of
Hatekufah
, containing a section of tributes
to his memory, has since been published.
The second collective volume is the
Sefer Hashanah Liyehudei
Amerikah,
volume V I I I - IX (American Hebrew Year Book — New
York, H istadruth Ivrith , 1946), edited by Menachem Ribalow.
This double volume, containing the works of over forty American
Hebrew writers, is the largest to have appeared thus far in the
series. Its four sections comprise
belles-lettres
, scholarly studies,
literary criticism and essays on general subjects and on American
Jewish life. Zalman Schneour’s poem “Hidden Tab le ts,” recon-
structs in vivid biblical style various episodes in the ancient
history of our people. Three of the four stories as well as several
poems interpret various aspects of American Jewish life. One
might have wished, however, for even greater attention to the
American Jewish scene.
The sections of articles, research treatises and literary criti-
cism are varied and well-rounded. The featured subjects in the
former are kabbalah and liturgy. The literary essays offer evalua-
tions of such Hebrew writers as Shimonowitz, Lisitsky, Schneour,
Uri Zevi Greenberg, Klausner and Brenner. Of the concluding
studies, only two deal directly with American Jewish problems.
Professor Abraham Shalom Yahuda is the author of a volume
of scholarly studies and memoirs of unusual interest. The volume,
Ever vArav
(Hebrew and Arabic Studies — New York, Ogen,
1946) consists largely of articles to various American Hebrew
publications contributed by the author since his arrival here.
The largest and most significant section is th a t of biblical studies,
in which Yahuda defends the biblical accounts against the “Higher
Critics.” He shows particularly the influence of the Egyptian
culture on the Joseph story and presents a devastating critique
of F reud’s “Moses and Monotheism.” He defends the uniqueness
of the Jewish Sabbath and points to the Persian influence on the