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president of the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learn-
ing and of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and
editor of the new series of the
Jewish Quarterly Review
he
exerted great influence on American Judaism. His particular
scholarly interest included Orientalia and American Jewish his-
tory. His largest single work was a biography of Jacob H. Schiff,
the great American banker and Jewish philanthropist.
S
am u e l
J
o seph
A
g n o n
.
75th birthday. Born in Buczacz, Galicia,
Poland, August 8, 1888. The foremost Hebrew novelist, now
living in Palestine, he has chosen the traditional life of the Jews
in Eastern Europe as the setting for his stories, especially the
world of the Hasidim. His most important work in English
translation is
The Bridal Canopy.
W
il h e lm
B
ach er
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Lipto-
Szent-Miklos, Hungary, 1850, died in Budapest, December 25,
1913. Professor at the rabbinical seminary in Budapest, he ranged
in his scholarship from Bible to Talmud and Judaeo-Persian
literature. His most important work, however, consisted in arrang-
ing the Aggadic material found in the Talmud by author and
chronologically. These books published in German have been
translated into Hebrew. He also contributed important articles
on Rabbinics to the
Jewish Encyclopedia.
F
ritz
B
a er
.
75th birthday. Born in Halberstadt, Germany,
December 20, 1888. For many years he has been professor of
medieval Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
He has published works on Spanish Jewish history including
collections of source materials, in German and Hebrew. Recently
one of his books was translated into English.
D
avid
H
artwig
B
aneth
.
70th
birthday. Born in Krotoschin,
Germany, December
24, 1893,
he has been professor of Arabic
at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Of particular Jewish
interest is his edition of Maimonides’ Arabic responsa and their
translation into Hebrew.
I
saac
B
e n j a c o b
.
100th anniversary of death. Born in Ramgola,
Russia, in 1801, died in Vilna, July 2, 1863. His principal work
was a bibliography of all Hebrew books published until his
time, including 17000 titles.
I t
was the most extensive Hebrew
booklist up to this period.
N
o rm a n
de
M
attos
B
e n tw ic h
.
80th birthday. Born in London,
February 28, 1883, he has been attorney-general of Palestine
during the British mandate and also taught at the Hebrew
University. He has written on Philo, Josephus, Ahad Ha-Am
and Solomon Schechter. Recently he published an autobiography.
H
ugo
B
ergm a n n
.
80th birthday. Born in Prague, December
25, 1883. Professor of philosophy at the Hebrew University in