The Exiled and the Redeemed

The Exiled and the Redeemed

The Exiled and the Redeemed

The Exiled and the Redeemed

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The present second edition is, in the main, identical with the first. The English translation of the Hebrew original has been revised here and there, but the substance of the book has been left unaltered except for the Introduction, for which an essay originally published by the author in 1957 has been substituted. What has been said in the Preface to the First Edition holds good of the present volume too: the numbers and statistics of population -- groups, immigrants etc. -- are somewhat out of date and apply partly to the time when the essays making up this book were originally written and partly to the date of the first edition. The liquidation of some centers of the Diaspora has been virtually completed (e.g., Iraq) and the figures are therefore not likely to change any more. Immigration from other countries has continued; in some cases it has come to a temporary standstill. Israel's dynamic rate of development and change makes all statistics liable to become out of date overnight. Add to this our fervent hope that large-scale immigration will be resumed even from countries where it has come to a temporary standstill, and also from countries which were closed to emigration up till now, and the reader will, I hope, appreciate the author's decision to leave the figures and statistics as given in the first edition.

The author's thanks are due to Dr. R. J. Zwi Werblowsky, of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, for his assistance in preparing the second edition of this work.

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