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BLOCH----THE YEAR’S BOOKSHELF
Norbert Glatzer (N. Y., Schocken, ’47) fifty-one prayers in the
original Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish texts are given together
with a new English verse translation by Jacob Sloan and Olga
Marx on opposite pages. They represent a wide variety of prayers,
meditations and supplications, even hymns and psalms drawn
from the lore and literature of devotion and piety of the Jews of
all ages. Some of them are still found in the traditional Jewish
prayer book. The selections are emotionally inspiring and expres-
sive of the prayerful feelings within the heart of Israel. The book
forms the first volume of the Schocken Library, a series of handy
booklets planned as expressive of the great classical traditions of
Judaism.
Judaism, like all religions, has special days in its religious
calendar. Some of them are observed as feast or fast days; others
are designated as Holy Days. They all play an effective role in
maintaining Jewish religious life. The Jewish home and school
observe them appropriately. Such a publication as
Holy Days and
holidays
by Samuel Sussman and Abraham Segal (N. Y., Bloch,
’47), though designed as a guide for children’s religious education,
might prove useful even for grown-ups. It tells of “The why and
how of Sabbath, festivals, fastdays and other occasions during
the Jewish year.” A like service is rendered by
־Down holiday lane
by Rose W. Golub; illustrated by Louis Kabrin (Cincinnati,
Union of American Hebrew Congregations, ’47). Designed as a
textbook for elementary classes it offers an acquaintance with
holiday customs and ceremonies as observed by the various groups
of Jewry. Delightfully produced it represents a splendid contribu-
tion to Jewish religious school literature.
No one has done as much as Martin Buber to familiarize the
Western world with the life and lore of the Hasidim. His
Tales of
the Hasidim: the early masters
and
Ten rungs
[translated by Olga
Marx] which were published by Schocken (N. Y., ’47) represent
collections of tales and legends, aphorisms, sayings, etc., through
which a goodly measure of the content and spirit of Hasidism is
conveyed. The purpose of these books “is to introduce the reader
to a world of legendary reality.” They inspire and transport him
to a lost world and to a life of exquisite experience and divine
contemplation which is already receding into the past.
With the re-awakening of the historic Jewish self-consciousness
Jewish history became a popular subject among readers and
writers, and publications in all fields of Jewish historical research
find a*constant reading public.
Galut
by Yitzhak F. Baer [trans-
lated by Robert Warshow] (N. Y., Schocken, ’47) is an unusual
contribution to the philosophy of Jewish history by a leading
Jewish historian of our time. Pointing to various episodes in Jew­