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a f r e n
— J
ew i sh
nn iversar ies
United States. His collection
shows a great command of
Hebrew. His poem
became the Zionist anthem and
now, with slight modifications, the national anthem of Israel.
J u d a h
B e n B e z a l e l
(Maharal). Three hundred and
fiftieth anniversary of death. Born about 1525; died in Prague,
August 22, 1609. Rabbi, astronomer, alchemist, and author, his
most famous of twenty or more books is a commentary on Rashi.
He also wrote on the Talmud, Jewish holidays, the Haggadah,
and exile and messianic times. The legendary Golem is reputed
to have been his creation, effected through the use of the secret
name of God.
Y e h e z k e l K a u fm a n
(Ibn Shmuel). 70th anniversary of birth.
Born in Dunaevsty, Russia, December 17, 1889; now living in
Jerusalem. Professor of Bible Research at the Hebrew University
since 1949, he has written in this field, in religious history and
current affairs, and in lexicography. He won the Bialik Prize for
Golah Ve-Nekhar.
G e o r g e
K o h u t .
Twenty-fifth anniversary of death. Born
in Hungary, February 11, 1874; died in New York, December 31,
1933. Trained as a rabbi and following in the footsteps of his
father, Alexander Kohut, and those of his teacher, Moritz Stein-
schneider, his philanthropic encouragement of Jewish learning
and his own academic contributions were outstanding. He pub-
lished widely in the fields of Jewish bibliography (including
editing and encouraging many Festschriften), folklore, history,
literature, including poetry. He was one of the founders of the
American Jewish Historical Society, a trustee of the Jewish Insti-
tute of Religion, and a mainstay of the American Academy for
Jewish Research. His Alexander Kohut Memorial Funds have
been responsible for the support and publication of many worth-
while contributions to Jewish learning.
J o s e p h K r a u s k o p f .
100th anniversary of birth. Born in
Ostrowo, Germany, January 21, 1858; died in Atlantic City,
June 12, 1923. A member of the first graduating class of the
Hebrew Union College, he also received that institution’s first
D.D. and served as president of the Central Conference of Ameri-
can Rabbis from 1903 to 1905. Serving most of his life in
Philadelphia, he was most active in the area of social welfare.
He was founder of the National Farm School and a co-founder
of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Author of a
number of Jewish history studies and several liturgical services,
his thirty-six volumes of sermons have been widely studied.
H a l p e r n L e i v i c k .
70th anniversary of birth. Born in Igumen,
Russia, December 25, 1888; now living in New York. Leading
Yiddish poet and dramatist, he was early an active fighter for
social justice. He has written many plays including
Der Goi lem,