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of professor in the newly established Hebrew Theological College,
Chicago. There Dr. Waxman influenced Jewish culture by his
learning, wisdom, objectivity, historic perspective and successful
integration of the rationalism of Lithuania, the nationalism of the
Russian Jew, the tolerance of America, the moral stability and
traditionalism of the Jewish heritage.
Dr. Waxman succeeded in blending his European Talmudic
training with his American university studies in a greater degree
than many of his generation. There is no dichotomy in his
personality. He is the academic lecturer, the interpreter, the
summarizer, the historian and philosopher, the teacher and coun-
sellor, rather than the champion of an ideology, the preacher of a
distinctive “ ism." This explains his acceptability to mutually
antagonistic circles.
Professor Waxman writes clearly, lucidly and attractively in
Yiddish, English and Hebrew. Perhaps unintentionally, Dr. Wax-
man divided his writing between the three languages as follows:
discussions of current problems in Yiddish; philosophic essays in
Hebrew; exposition of the Jewish heritage in English.
Pending a comprehensive bibliography of his many contributions
to encyclopedias and periodicals, the following resume, listing
solely his separate publications may be of help. Of these works,
his
History of Jewish Literature
will remain as an everlasting
tribute to his diligence, perseverance and initiative. This history
in its four volumes and 3 ,314 pages is the largest repository of
Jewish literary creativity covering a period of 2 ,500 years, and is
the only one of its kind in any language. I t does not restrict itself
to literature in the narrow sense, but its range even embraces
talmudics, rabbinics, philosophy, mysticism, legalism and other
fields of Jewish lore. Over 400 reviews of this work were published
in literary and scientific journals throughout the world.
1.
The Ethnic Character of the Jews.
New York, 1913.
2.
Civil and Criminal Procedure of Jewish Courts.
New York,
1914.
3.
The Importance of Palestinefo r the Jews of the Diaspora in Past
and Present.
New York, 1915.
4.
Mizrachi
,
Its Aims and Purposes.
New York, Mizrachi, 1917.
An essay on the principles of Zionism and their interpreta-
tion.
5.
Mizrachi Teachers1 Institute: Statutes
,
General Statement and
Program of Studies.
New York, 1918.
6.
Rome and Jerusalem: A Study in Jewish Nationalism.
By
Moses Hess. Translated from the German with Introduc­