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Reform, he wrote extensively in the field of Bible study and
Jewish history and theology, also editing two journals in the
latter field.
G
ershom
ben
J
udah
,
Meor ha-Golah. 1000th anniversary of
birth. Born in Metz, circa 960, died in Mayence, Germany, 1028.
Undisputed rabbinic authority of Germany and France at this
time, he is chiefly known for the Takkanot de-Rabbenu Gershom,
prohibiting polygamy, protecting the secrecy of the mail and
providing for other important regulations. (See “Rabbenu Ger­
shom,” by Shlomo Eidelberg, in this volume.)
C
harles
G
ross
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Troy, N.Y.,
February 10, 1857, died in Boston, December 3, 1909. A specialist
in English medieval and economic history, he taught at Harvard
and became vice president of the American Jewish Historical
Society. His principal work on a Jewish subject is
The Exchequer
of the Jews of England in the Middle Ages.
H
e inr ich
G
ross
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Szenicz,
Hungary, November 6, 1835, died in Augsburg, Germany,
December 31, 1910. Rabbi in Augsburg and historian of French
Jewry, his major work was
Gallia Judaica, dictionnaire geo-
graphique de la France d’apres les sources rabbiniques.
M
a x im il ian
H
e l l e r
,
100th anniversary of birth. Born in
Prague, January 31, 1860, died in New Orleans, La., March 30,
1929. One of the early graduates of the Hebrew Union College, he
served as rabbi in New Orleans for over 40 years and as professor
of Hebrew and Hebrew literature at Tulane University. One
of the early Reform rabbis to espouse Zionism, he was honorary
vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America. His views
were set forth through his able journalistic activity in the New
Orleans
Jewish Leader,
the Cincinnati
American Israelite
and
through his posthumous book,
My Month in Palestine.
R
obert
T
ravers
H
erford
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born
in Manchester, England, 1860, died in Kelsall, Chester, England,
November 10, 1950. A Christian Hebraist, he devoted his major
efforts to vindicating the Pharisees. His best-known work is his
edition of
Pirke Aboth
with English translation and commentary.
S
alomon
H
er x h e im e r
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in
Dotzheim, Germany, February 5, 1801, died in Bernburg, Ger­
many, December 25, 1884. A Liberal rabbi and preacher of
note, he wrote a very popular exposition of the Jewish religion
for religious schools, an English translation of which was widely
used also in America. He also translated the Bible into German
and accompanied it with a homiletical commentary.