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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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The current year saw the publication of the
Geklibene Shriftn
(Selected Works) of Abraham Galomb, the prominent Yiddish
educator and essayist, a resident of Mexico City. In all of the five
volumes and in the fifth in particular, we find the dynamic ex-
pressions of the Jew of the modern world who aims to remain a
wholesome Jew, and, without detriment to his Jewishness, to be
a part of the world.
Dr. Simkha Petrushka of Montreal has issued in that city the
fifth volume —
Seder Kodoshim
— of his
Mishnah
translation to
which is also added his scholarly commentary in Yiddish. The
translation and the commentary are both crystal clear.
IN THE UNITED STATES
The center of present-day Yiddish literature is in the United
States where the largest number of Yiddish writers reside and
where most Yiddish books are being published. We shall mention
here only a few of the many books published during the current
year.
David Opatoshu, son of the novelist Joseph Opatoshu, was
born and bred in New York. His first book
Tsvishn Yam un
Midbor
(Between Sea and Desert — New York, CYCO) contains
twenty-four short stories, two-thirds of them dealing with war
themes. The rest of the stories are also dynamic and characteristi-
cally American as regards action, style and description. In the
book are to be found new Yiddish lingual developments —Ameri-
can neologism that could be created only by someone who had
been born and raised on American soil. The literary achievements
of David Opatoshu testify that it is possible to create a Yiddish
literature in America for many generations to come just as it was
possible many centuries ago to create Hebrew literature on the
soil of Spain.
Sholem Asch, the great master of Yiddish prose, in his latest
novel
East River
(New York, E. Laub) portrays Jewish life in
New York before World War I. I t is the story of the Davidowsky
family. In line with the author’s recent themes the new book
deals with Jewish-Christian attitudes. The author meditates at
great length about the novel’s chief character. He forgets, how-
ever, that one of his main tasks is to deal with one of the great
upheavals in American Jewish life. Nevertheless,
East River
captivates the reader and holds his interest as do all the other
books written by Sholem Asch.
Aaron Zeitlin, a great poet both in Yiddish and Hebrew and a
son of the martyred Hillel Zeitlin, settled in the United States