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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
72
D
av i d
d e
S
ola
P
oo l
.
70th anniversary of birth. Born in
London, England, May 16, 1885. He is the rabbi of the oldest
Jewish congregation in the United States and president of the
American Jewish Historical Society. He is the author of
Portraits
Etched in Stone
and an
Old Faith in the New World.
He translated
and edited seven Sephardic prayer books.
R
a sh i
(Rabbi Solomon Ben Isaac). 850th anniversary of
death. Born in Troyes, France, 1040. Died in Troyes, France,
Tamuz 25, 1105. He was the greatest and most popular com-
mentator to the Bible and Talmud. Many legends have been
woven about his personality and scholarship. His works are
widely used at the present.
S
am u e l
H
a n a g i d
.
900th anniversary of death. Born in Cor-
dova, Spain, 993. Died in Granada, 1055.
H e
was a poet, gram-
marian, statesman, patron of poets and a leader of the Jewish
community. Among his works are
Mavo ha-Talmud
, on the laws
of the Talmud, and
Hilchata Gibratha
, a book of Talmudic
decisions.
G
e r sh o n
S
c h o fm a n
.
75th anniversary of birth. Born in Orsha,
Russia, February 28, 1880; residing in Israel. A master of the
literary miniature in fiction and criticism, he is one of the out-
standing Hebrew writers in our time.
D
a v i d
S
h imo n i
(Shimonowitz). 70th anniversary of birth.
Born in Bobruisk, Russia, August 22, 1886. One of the finest
poets of the generation immediately after Bialik, his ballads were
the first idylls of pioneering in the Holy Land where he resides
since 1921.
S
homer
(pseudonym Nahum Meier Shaikewitz). 50th anni-
versary of death. Born in Nesvish, Russia, December 18, 1849.
Died in New York, November 25, 1905. Distinguished novelist
and playwright. He came to America in 1889. He was the most
popular fiction writer for the Yiddish speaking masses at the turn
of the century. He authored more than 100 novels.
S
hlomoh
Z
em a c h
.
70th anniversary of birth. Born in Plonsk,
Poland, 1886. One of the pioneers of the Second Aliyah, he came
to the Holy Land in 1904 where he was a director of agricultural
institutions for many years. Novelist and essayist, he is at present
editor of
Bekhinot Be-bikoret Ha-safrut
, a quarterly devoted to
literary criticism.