Page 67 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 7 (1948-1949)

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KABAKOFF----AMONG RECENT HEBREW BOOKS
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DANIEL PERSKY: I AM A HEBREW
The first volume of the collected works of Daniel Persky ap-
peared under the title of
Ivri Anokhi
(I am a Hebrew — New
York, published by the author, 1948). In his previous books
Persky dealt for the most part with the Jewish festivals but here
he has concentrated on his first love — the Hebrew language,
literature and culture. Persky glories in the fact that he is a
member of the tribe of uncompromising Hebraists who have helped
nurture the Hebrew word. In his introduction, dedicated “To the
Hebrew Reader a Century Hence,” he offers a frank self-appraisal
of his efforts and aims as a writer. His love of Hebrew is boundless
and even his notes on such subjects as grammar, style, punctuation
and speech are written with especial warmth. Among his inter-
esting items are his stylistic studies of Mendele Mocher Sefarim,
Ahad Ha'am, Nahum Sokolow and Saul Tchernichowsky. The
section on Hebrew literature is permeated, on the one hand, with
concern for its future and, on the other, with enthusiasm for the
treasures laid up for the coming generations. Such items as “Love
of Books,” “The Hebrew Reader in Palestine and America” and
particularly the survey entitled “Towards the History of Hebrew
Literature in America” enhance this section. In the last part of
the book the reader will find notes on various aspects of the
Hebrew movement, particularly in America, in which Persky has
played such an intimate role. The wide appeal of this book
assures it a fine reception.
The field of education has again brought forth a number of
general contributions and text-books. A fruitful volume is Dr.
Nisson TourofF’s
Ha arakhot
(Evaluations — New York, Hebrew
Teachers’ Federation, 1947). Dr. TourofF is an exponent of
hinukh
leumi
or national education whose tenets and aims he sets forth
particularly in his essay, “Philosophy of Hebrew Education in
the Diaspora.” He is of the opinion that such an education based
chiefly on the Hebrew language and literature can best restore the
collective personality of our people. The essays offer lucid and
well-organized treatments of various aspects of our education. Dr.
TourofF’s interest in psychology leads him to deal with such sub-
jects as the relation between psychology and education and the
influence of the Diaspora on the make-up of the Jew. His concern
with aesthetics leads him to stress the importance of this aspect
if the school is to be not only a place of study but also a source of
spiritual influence. Dr. TourofF also gives attention to the Hebrew
kindergarten and was one o f the first to stress the need of this
type of school. Other essays deal with theory and practice in
Hebrew education and with various aspects of child development.