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and plays mirroring the life of Jews in the small towns of Europe.
Tevye der Mi lchiger
is perhaps his best known work. No one
has been better in capturing the wit and wisdom of his people.
M o r i t z R a p p a p o r t .
150th anniversary of birth. Born in
Lemberg, January 19, 1808; died in Vienna, May 28, 1880. Phy-
sician, poet, translator, he was chief physician of the Jewish
hospital of Lemberg. He wrote
Moses
, an epic-lyric poem in 5
cantos;
Bojazzo;
and
Hebraische Gesange
, a translation of the
Song of Songs, Lamentations and Lecho Dodi.
J o s e f R o s e n b l a t t .
25th anniversary of death. Born in Byelaya
Tzerkov, Russia, May 9, 1880, he died in Tel Aviv, June 19,
1933. Most popular cantor of his day, he was progressively in
Munkacs, Pressburg, Hamburg, New York. Among his many
compositions were the two volume
Zemirot Yosef
and the
Tefilot
Yosef.
Over 80 items were recorded by “Yossele” Rosenblatt,
many in several renditions.
S h a l o m S h a k n a .
400th anniversary of death. Born about
1500; died October 29, 1558. Student of Jacob Poliak, founder
of the Pilpul method in Talmudic study, he was in turn the
teacher of Moses Isserles and other notables in the Yeshiva of
Lublin of which he was rector.
J o s h u a S t e i n b e r g .
50th anniversary of death. Born in Wilna
in 1830; died there, March 21, 1908. He wrote in Russian,
Hebrew, and German as he served first as a rabbi in Byalystok
and Wilna, then as teacher of Hebrew and Aramaic, finally as
government censor of all Jewish publications. Grammars and
dictionaries, translations from Hebrew poetry into German,
and an anthology of classics were his major publications.