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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-01-04

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'Jewish World' Magnificently Portrayed
in Prof. Kedourie-Edited, Abrams Volume

In 328 pages, fascinat- science, literature, archeol-
ingly illustrated with 426 ogy — everything relating
illustrations which include to human experience is in-
135 in full color, "The corporated in this immense
Jewish World," a Harry N. work whose added quality is
Abrams book edited by Dr. that so much was incorpo-
Elie Kedourie, earns the rated in so few pages.
role of being a modern
Additionally notewor-
thy are the illustrations
It is an unusual book a which provide proof that
history of the Jewish people, art has ever been an exis-
ancient, medieval and mod- tent factor in Jewish life
ern, composed in 19 essays and that visual art has
by eminent scholars.
been a part of Jewish
Especially noteworthy is tradition despite con-
the editor's accomplishment trary views held regard-
in compiling this significant ing the rejected and ob-
work. At a publication party viated. The striking pic-
given at the introduction of tures, and the illuminat-
the British edition of her ing captions give cre-
book, Dr. Kedourie said:
dence to the visual art ob-
"When I began to plan jectivity in Jewish ex-
(*The Jewish World') one perience.
thing was clear to me. It
A mere perusal of the
was to be a book about wealth of art works and il-
Jewish history . . . not so luminations in this book
much about what hap- will provide enrichment for
pened to the Jews . . . as the possessors of "The
about what the Jews Jewish World."
made at different times of
Commencing with an in-
the variety of circum- troduction by Dr. Kedourie,
stances they happened to who is professor of politics
encounter. The articula- at the University of London
tion of the book had to and Fellow of the British
follow the inner articula- Academy, this work pro-
tion of Jewish history it- ceeds to cover the Jewish
self. In other words, the historical scene with an
book was to be a history essay on "Pre-Exilic Jewry"
not only of events but by H. W. F. Saggs, professor
also of ideas.
0- Semitic Languages at the
"The book also may serve University College, Cardiff.
to mark the state of schol- Thus, the earliest begin-
arship today on Jewish his- nings introduce the entire
tory in its various branches. theme and lend totality to a
It shows what a representa- work so notably compiled.
tive cross-section . . . of
The other 18 essay titles
scholars concerned with and their authors are: The
Jewish history consider the Jews and the Great Powers
state of the subject to be .
of the Ancient World, Zvi
(and) indicates how these Yavetz, Fred and Helen
studies stood in the last Lessing Professor in Roman
third of the 20th Century.
History, Tel Aviv Univer-
"The worldwide network sity.
which Jewish communal
The Talmud by Jacob
organization established Neusner, University Pro-
and maintained without fessor of Religious
benefit of territorial base or
Studies and Ungerleider
military power was the
Distinguished Scholar of
model of the coming world
Judaic Studies, Brown
society . . . The record of University, Providence,
their adventures in the life
The Ritual and Music of
of politics, whether as citi-
zens of various secular the Synagogue by Amnon
states or as founders of a Shiloah, Associate Profes-
Jewish state . . all this is sor of Musicology, Hebrew
of immense interest to the University of Jerusalem.
The Jews in Spain by
world at large."
Every aspect of Jewish Haim Beinart, Professor of
peoplehood is incorporated Jewish History, Hebrew
in this collective effort. Art, University of Jerusalem.

The Jews in Byzantium
and Medieval Europe, A.
Grossman, Lecturer in
Jewish History, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
The Jews Under Islam
6th-16th Centuries,
Shelomo Dov Goitein,
Emeritus Professor of Is-
lamic Studies, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem;
Emeritus Professor of
Arabic, University of
Pennsylvania; Visitor,
Institute for Advanced
Study, Princeton, N.J.
Today, Amnon Cohen,
Associate Professor of His-
tory of the Moslem Coun-
tries, Hebrew University of
Jewish Philosophy, Ar
thur Hyman, University
Professor of General and
Jewish Philosophy, Yeshiva
University; Visiting Profes-
sor of Philosophy, Columbia
Jewish Mysticism, R. J.
Zwi Werblowsky, Professor
of Comparative Religion,
Hebrew University of
The Jew and the
Enlightenment, S. Et-
tinger, Professor of Modern
Jewish History, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
Jewish Literature Fic-
tion, Ezra Spicehandler,
Professor of Modern He-
brew Literature, Hebrew
Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion,
Poetry, T. Carmi, Visit-
ing Professor of Hebrew
Literature, Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of
Religion, Jerusalem.
European Jewry in the
19th and 20th Centuries,
Lionel Cochan, Bearstead
Reader in Jewish History,
Warwick University.
American Jewry, Oscar
Handlin, Carl H. Pfor-
zheimer University Profes-
sor, Harvard University.
Judaism and Moder-
nity, Arthur Hertzberg,
Adjunct Professor of His-
tory, Columbia Univer-
Zionism and Israel, David
Vital, Professor of Political
Science, Tel Aviv Univer-
Subdivided into sections
entitled "A People and a

Book," "The Making of
Jewry," "Diaspora: Jews
Under Change," "The Mod-
ern World: Constraint and
Options," "The Jewish
World" is a totality of
Jewish experience. It is
peoplehood in action. It adds
glory to the art and literary
works of the Harry Abrams
publishers, now a part of the
Times Mirror Publishing
The impressive bibliog-
raphy, the hundreds of
items in the very lengthy
index attest to the immen-
sity of the scholarly tasks
represented by "The Jewish

Labor in this country is
independent and proud. It
has not to ask the patronage
of capital, but capital sol-
icits the aid of labor.
— Daniel Webster

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Argentine Official's Resignation
Raises Issue of Anti-Semitism

The resignation of Argenti-
na's Minister of Culture, Dr.
Raul Crespo Montes,
shortly after praising
Jewish contributions to that
nation's cultural life has
raised the issue of anti-
Semitism, according to an
Argentine Jewish weekly
The newspaper, Mundo
Israelite, noting rumors
that Crespo .Montes was
forced to step down "because
of an anti-Semitic action,"
demanded "immediate
clarification" from the
authorities. "If silence per-
sists," Mundo Israelite
added, "we take it for
granted that the rumors
will prove to be true."

Crespo Montes resigned
earlier last month after
speaking at the Jewish Cul-
tural Center in Buenos
Aires to mark the publica-
tion in Argentina of the
300th work in a series deal-
ing with the participation of
Jews in the nation's cul-
tural activities.
According to his
superior, Dr. Juan Rafael
Llerena Amadeo, who
heads the Ministry of
Culture and Education,
the resignation was for
"personal reasons."
Llerena Amadeo refused
to elaborate when ques-
tioned at a press confer-
ence in Buenos Aires.
Argentine Jewish organ-
izations criticized the de-

parture of Crespo Montes
and the controversy has
been given wide publicity in
the Argentine press.
The Sociedad Hebraica
Argentina (SHA), which
sponsored Crespo Montes'
speech, issued a statement
expressing "profound con-
sternation" over his resig-


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have charged that MK Uri
Avneri disclosed security
secrets in his campaign
against the Israeli military
for reducing the sentences
of two Israeli soldiers con-
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