A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 10, 1972

WORKING on a TIME cover story usually means immersion in the subject. The staffers who produced this week's article on Judaism — Religion Writer Mayo Mohs, Correspondent Richard Ostling deep Reporter-Researcher Clare Mead Rosen — plunged in deeper than most. During months of preparation, they compiled six shelves of books and a foot-high stack of original research from their own reporting and that of correspondents abroad.

The experience was particularly intense for Clare Rosen, who was completing six months training for her conversion from Catholicism to Judaism. Those studies dovetailed with her journalistic...

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