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the Jewish Quarterly Review 

JULY 1910 


The New Series of The Jewish Quarterly Review, 
the first number of which is herewith presented to the 
public, forms the continuation of the twenty stately volumes 
edited, under the same name, from 1888 to 1908, by Mr. 
Israel Abrahams and Mr. Claude G. Montefiore. In the 
issue of October, 1907, the Editors announced their inten- 
tion, at the end of the current fiscal year, to discontinue 
the publication of their periodical, by reason of the many 
duties devolving upon them, which made it impossible for 
them to continue their laborious editorial work. 

At a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Dropsie 
College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, held in June, 
1908, the announcement of the proposed discontinuance 
of the Quarterly elicited a general expression of regret, 
and it was then resolved not to allow the only organ for 
Jewish learning in the English language to disappear. A 
correspondence ensued between the President of the Board 
of Governors of the College and Messrs. Abrahams and 
Montefiore, and the result was that the English Editors and 


Publishers ceded all rights in the title to the Dropsie College 
for Hebrew and Cognate Learning. The Governors of 
the College take this opportunity of expressing their appre- 
ciation of the genenous spirit in which the negotiations were 
conducted, and of acknowledging their sense of obligation 
to the former management. 

The undersigned, the President of the College, and the 
President of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 
who is at the same time a Governor of the Dropsie College, 
have been entrusted with the editorship of the New Series 
of The Jewish Quarterly Review. They have been suc- 
cessful in securing the co-operation of eminent scholars, and 
they cherish the hope that they will be able to maintain the 
high standard of excellence which, under their predecessors, 
the Review reached as a repository of Jewish and Cog- 
nate Learning. They repeat the assurance given in the in- 
augural number of the First Series, that contributions from 
all sources will be welcome. Upon the merit of an article 
alone will depend its admission to the pages of the Review. 

The fact that the Review has passed from the hands of 
private individuals into those of a learned institution with a 
strict academic character makes it incumbent upon the Edi- 
tors to formulate their policy according to the model of aca- 
demic publications. This will necessitate the exclusion of 
all matter not falling within the province of Jewish history, 


literature, philology, and archaeology, though popular ar- 
ticles upon these subjects, if they are conceived in a scien- 
tific spirit and bear the marks of original research will be 
readily admitted. 

In another respect too the policy pursued in the First 
Series will be modified. Heretofore, the Review contained 
a considerable amount of matter relating to the history of 
the Jews of England. As there is a Society devoted to this 
subject in particular, which publishes the results of its in- 
vestigations, only articles of special importance or universal 
interest relating to English Jewish History will be accepted 
for the Review. The same policy will be made to apply to 
American Jewish History, which likewise is cared for in 
the regular publications of an active Society making re- 
search into the history of the Jews in America its peculiar 

In general, the main purpose of the Editors is to supply 
a need which is greatest felt just in those departments of 
Jewish learning for which neither the regular theological 
periodicals nor the local historical societies make sufficient 

The Editors feel it all the more their duty to supply 
the need, as America is- fast becoming the center of Jewry, 
and in all likelihood will become also the center of Jewish 
learning in the English world. It would be anomalous if, 


in the face of this great present growth, the past with its 
glory and its sacrifices, its ideals and its achievements, its 
lessons and its inspirations, were not offered the opportunity 
of that articulate utterance which can be given to it only 
through the mouth of science and scholarship. 

With these aims in view, and bespeaking the interest 
and co-operation of scholars and laymen alike, the Editors 
take up their task. 

Cyrus AdlEr 
s. schechter