The author is Senior Rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, exiled from Germany by the rise of Hitler, and author of several items dealing with Jewish concerns. The opening chapter surveys the history of Israel from its beginning through the Diaspora; succeeding chapters deal with significant episodes in the experience of the Jewish people in the centuries that have followed. A thorough understanding of the historical situation at each particular point is interwoven with their relevance for contemporary Jewish-- and Christian--religious understanding today. The result is an informative and convincing statement of the significance of the Jewish faith for contemporary times. While he does not abandon his scholarly and authoritative ground, the author often reveals his sense of personal involvement in the questions with which he is dealing. The should be an instructive volume for both Jewish and Christian readers.