What I Believe

By Sholem Asch
THE Hebrew poet-philosopher here sets forth a summary of his fundamental credenda. It seems largely motivated by the idea which he expressed in the Atlantic last December, of constructing a bridge between Judaism and Christianity. This is a most desirable object, and this volume probably goes as far towards it as any theological dissertation can go. But a philosophy which one really lives by always lends itself better to demonstration than to exposition — a sense of this no doubt accounts tor the tact that the great exemplars of such philosophies wrote little or nothing — and hence it is the spirit of Mr. Asch’s book, rather than its letter, that will most prepossess and persuade the reader, whether Jew or Gentile.
A. J. N.