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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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with lucidity and forthrightness, it stresses the elements which
are permanently meaningful in the teachings and practices that
make up the historic Jewish faith. Moreover, it presents a clear,
succinct and instructive outline of the points of similarity and
difference between Judaism and Christianity. The discussion of
the modern Jewish attitude to Jesus is illuminating. Though
Dr. Steinberg, rather wisely, avoids the use of such terms as
Orthodox, Conservative and Reform, he very ably discusses the
various Jewish doctrines and concepts from both the traditional
(Orthodox) and modern points of view. Indeed, he is quite right
in presenting Conservative Judaism as part of modernism, that
is, of the movement for reform in Jewish religious life. Written
for both Jews and non-Jews, the book offers a sound presentation
of the basic teachings and practices of Judaism for the less informed
Jew as well as for the average non-Jew. I t shows how the ethical
message of Judaism still answers the need of the modern man.
Useful, too, is
A handbook of Judaism
,
as professed and practiced
through the ages
by the Rev. Dr. Meyer Waxman (N. Y., Bloch,
’47). Written from a frankly Orthodox Jewish point of view, it
describes the fundamental doctrines of the Jewish religion and
offers vital information on the attitude, ideals and daily practices
of the religious Jew.
Foundations of Jewish belief
by Rabbi Martin
H. Schwartz (N. Y., Spero Fund, ’47) is “designed to elevate and
strengthen belief in God and the divine origin of the Torah” while
Golden rules
by Aaron Rosmarin (N. Y., Om, ’47) attempts a
restatement of Jewish ethics. A discussion of problems of Jewish
religious life is included in
On being a Jew
, a collection of timely
essays by Rabbi Leon I. Feuer (N. Y., Bloch, ’47) in which vari-
ous movements and counter-movements of vital concern to Jews,
here and abroad, are analyzed and clarified. In
One with God is a
majority
by Sol Bloom (N. Y., Putnam, ’47) the well-known
New York congressman offers reflections on man’s relations to
God. The publication of the fifth and final volume of
Duties of the
heart
by Bachya ben Joseph ibn Pakuda; translated from the
Arabic into Hebrew by Jehuda ibn Tibbon with English transla-
tion by the Rev. Dr. Moses Hyamson (N. Y., Bloch, ’47) brings
to successful conclusion a great literary project, and makes avail-
able in English the text of a classic in medieval Jewish literature.
LITERATURE OF LITURGICAL LORE
As a religious system Judaism through the ages has produced
a rich literature of liturgical lore, in which its spiritual teachings
and tender religious yearnings find emphatic expression. In
The
language of faith
, selected Jewish prayers, edited by Nahum