ON-Lion Letter
Sixteen typically profound and provocative -- and, equally typically, witty -- essays by longtime Commentary magazine contributing editor Milton Himmelfarb are collected in Encounter Books' new Jews and Gentiles.  The finely crafted essays range from social and political commentaries to historical, theological, and literary subjects, or combinations thereof.

Himmelfarb, who died in January 2006, was one of the most original and significant Jewish thinkers of our time.  He worked for four decades at the American Jewish Committee, where he was director of information and research, and he edited the American Jewish Year Book.

He was a visiting professor at both The Jewish Theological Seminary and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a visiting lecturer at Yale University.  In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

Most of the book's essays originally appeared in Commentary.  Its introduction is by prominent historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, Milton's sister.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Encounter's president and publisher is Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion magazine.

Commentary and The New Criterion are also supported by Bradley.
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