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130 BOOK NOTES Reference works in all fields are listed under "Reference." American Jewish Life SHOFAR From Marxism to Judaism: Selected Essays of Will Herberg, introduction by David G. Dalin. New York: Markus Wiener, 1989. 368 pp. $19.95. ISBN 0910123 -91-6. Will Herberg (1901-1977) was one of America's most prominent neoconservative thinkers and writers. Embracing Marxism as a teenager and young journalist in his early twenties, Herberg integrated his political philosophy with Einstein's cosmology and Freud's psychoanalysis. In the 1930s, he broke away from Marxism and came under the sway of Reinhold Niebuhr. Herberg published his seminal work, Judaism and Modem Man, in 1951; four years later his bestselling classic, Protestant, Catholic, Jew, appeared. He was appointed Professor of Judaic Studies and Social Philosophy at Drew University. Herberg was for many years a regular contributor to liberal journals, including Commentary, The Nation, and The New Republic. In 1959, he joined William F. Buckley as religion editor of the conservative National Review. His essays, never before collected, trace this remarkable intellectual odyssey. They include Herberg's thoughts on such wideranging topics as the crisis of socialism, the chosenness of Israel, antisemitism, American civil religion, and the separation of church and state. A History of the Jews in New Mexico, by Henry J. Tobias. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1990. 256 pp. $24.95. ISBN 0-8263-1225X . This book gives the history of the Jews in New Mexico from the colonial period to the present, from the crypto-Jews who came north to escape the Mexican inquisition, to nineteenth-century German merchants coming from Las Vegas and Santa Fe to Albuquerque with the railroad, to twentieth-century dynamics ofJewish development. Volume 9, No.1 Fall 1990 131 A Summer World, by Stefan Kanfer. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1989. 333 pp. $22.95. ISBN 0-374-27180-l. The Catskill Mountains suggest an eternal retreat, a place of uninterrupted sunlight, leisure, and laughter. But for the Jews of New York City, that place took some two hundred years to create-and less than ten years to lose. A Summer World traces the roots of the Jewish experience back to 1773, when a man known only as Jacob the Jew was registered as owning a plot of land in the Mountains. In the early 1800s, a small group followed his lead, making the ninety-mile trek from Manhattan to found an idealist colony called Sholem-Peace. Thus began the attempt to build Eden on the stony soil of upstate New York. Those who fled the clamorous streets and sweatshops were met with unyielding turf and an anti-Hebrew crusade. Slowly, reluctantly, the immigrants from Europe's shtetls forsook the dream of the family farm. They began to take in Jewish boarders in order to pay their mounting bills. In thirty years, this experiment in survival resulted in palaces like Grossinger's resort, rising from shack to conglomerate with its own post office and airport, and the Concord Hotel, offering its patrons tinted snow and two bathrooms per couple. The Catskills became the Borscht Belt, launching pad for thousands of American performers. But by the 1980s real-estate predators had moved in and destroyed this tradition. Ancient World and Archaeology The Book of Genesis: An Introduction to the Biblical World, by Zvi Adar. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1990. 165 pp. $12.00. ISBN 965-223-727-2. This work presents the book of Genesis as an introduction to the Biblical world. A study of this book shows that in its narrative it introduces a wide range of themes and ideas which are elaborated later on in the different parts of the Bible. God's People in God's Land: Family, Land, and Property in the Old Testament, by Christopher 1. H. Wright. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990. 270 pp. $16.95. ISBN 0-8028-0321-0. This survey examines socioeconomic life in Old Testament Israel from an ethical perspective by looking at how the economic facts of Israel's social structure were related to the people's religious beliefs. Wright begins his study by focusing on the centrality of the extended family ("household") in the social, economic...


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