A Bird's-Eye View of Jewish History

A Bird's-Eye View of Jewish History

A Bird's-Eye View of Jewish History

A Bird's-Eye View of Jewish History

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There is a growing desire on the part of the laity to become acquainted with the Jewish past. Whether this is due to the traditional "love of learning" which has recently regained force in our midst, or whether it may be accounted for by the unhappy events in the Jewish world which drive us to find consolation for the troubles of the present in the glories of the past, is difficult to determine. The fact remains that there is an increasing interest in adult Jewish education, and that this interest has found particular expression in a desire to study Jewish history. To fulfill the need for a history book, popular in style, appealing to the lay reader, yet accurate from the historical point of view, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations has published this volume.

The Editor wishes at this time to record grateruny his appreciation of the helpful suggestions made in connection with this manuscript by the late Dr. Hyman G. Enelow, formerly Chairman of the Committee on Adult Education of the Commission on Jewish Education. His careful reading of this manuscript was one of the last services which he rendered to Jewish Education. The author likewise requests us to associate him with this tribute to his late friend without whose encouragement and collaboration it is unlikely that this volume would have been written. We also wish to thank all the members of the Adult Committee . . .

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