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J
e w i s h
B
o o k
A
n n u a l
(English translation, Dialogues about Love), a typical Italia
Renaissance philosophical work which was well received becaus
of its fine Italian style. In spite of its definitely Jewish point
view, this book was more highly valued by Christians than b
Jews, because it was the first philosophical text in Italian. (Se
“Judah Abarbanel and the Doctrine of Divine Love,” b
Solomon Feffer, in this volume.)
C
hanoch
A
lb e c k
.
70th birthday. Born in Lowicz, Poland
August 17, 1890. Professor of Talmud at the Hebrew University
he has written extensively in his field, completing recently
vocalized Mishnah edition with Hebrew commentary.
S
am u e l
A
lexand er
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born i
Sydney, Australia, January 6, 1859, died in Manchester, England
September 13, 1948. An outstanding English philosopher wh
taught at Victoria University in Manchester, he wrote importan
works in metaphysics and psychology and was also active in th
development of the Hebrew University.
A
l l ian c e
I
sra el ite
U
n iv er s e l l e
.
100th anniversary of organiz
ation. Founded May, 1860. I t was most significant as the firs
Jewish organization to bring relief on a large scale to distan
Jewish communities in North Africa and the Near East.
A
major contribution was the establishment of many schools in
these areas, among them the Mikveh Israel Agricultural School
near Jaffa, Palestine, in 1870.
J
oseph
A
lm an z i
.
100th anniversary of death. Born in Padua,
Italy, March 25, 1801, died in Trieste, Austria (now Ita ly ),
March 7, 1860.
A
lover of books, he came into possession of the
private library of Hayim Joseph David Azulai, the great Jewish
bibliographer. He wrote poems in Hebrew and translated poems
from European languages into Hebrew. Some of his poems and
extensive correspondence with Jewish scholars of his time was
published by Samuel David Luzzato under the title
Yad Yosef.
I
saac
B
en
-Z
ev i
.
75th birthday. Born in Poltava, Russia,
December 6, 1884. Th e second president of the State of Israel,
he has made his literary mark by numerous studies in the history
of Levantine Jewry. Recently a work of his appeared in English
translation under the title,
The Exiled and the Redeemed.
H
enr i
L
ouis
B
ergson
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in
Paris, October 18, 1859, died there, January 4, 1941. One of the
foremost contemporary philosophers, he was the first Jew to
win the Nobel prize for literature.
I
saac
D
ob
B
erkow itz
.
75th birthday. Born in Slutsk, Russia,
October 15, 1885. A prolific writer in Hebrew and in Yiddish,
now living in Israel, he edited the Hebrew periodical
Ha-Toren