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Jerusalem for many years, he has written Zionist tracts and works
about general and Jewish philosophy. As librarian at the Hebrew
University, he edited its bibliographical journal,
Kiryat Sepher,
for a number of years.
B
e n ja m in
J.
B
ialo stotzky
.
70th birthday. Born in Pompeyany,
Lithuania, Russia, June 15, 1893. For many years a writer on
the
Jewish Daily Forward,
he has espoused the Labor Zionist
cause. He also has published stories and poetry in Yiddish.
A
b r a h am
B
u r st e in
.
70th birthday. Born in Cleveland, Ohio,
October 25, 1893.
A
Conservative rabbi in New York, he has
published anthologies of sermons and written Jewish juvenile
literature.
D
av id
C
azes
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Tetuan,
Morocco, 1850, died in Paris, August 7, 1913. A teacher and
principal in the schools of the Alliance Israelite Universelle,
he wrote about the history and literature of the Jews of Tunisia.
D
a n ie l
C
h a r n e y
.
75th birthday. Born in Dukor, Russia, Sep-
tember 15, 1888. Now living in the United States, he has written
Yiddish poems and stories, characterized by humor and sincerity.
His autobiographical works faithfully mirror East European Jew-
ish life of the past generation.
A
r sene
D
arm e stete r
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in Cha-
teau-Salins, France, 1846, died in Paris, November 16, 1888. An
eminent French philologist, his Jewish contribution was the trac-
ing of medieval French words through their Hebrew transliterated
forms in Rashi’s commentaries on the Bible and the Talmud.
He also was a founder of the
Revue des Etudes Juives,
the only
French scholarly Jewish journal.
F
ranz
D
el itzsch
.
150th anniversary of birth. Born in Leipzig,
Germany, February 23, 1814, died there 1890. A Christian
Hebraist and missionary to the Jews, who translated the New
Testament into Hebrew, he nevertheless collaborated with the
most prominent Jewish scholars of his day, such as Zunz, Stein-
schneider and Seligmann Baer in the edition of old Hebrew texts.
He also defended the Jewish religion against anti-Semitic attacks.
D
ispu t a t io n
a t
B
a rc elo na
.
700th anniversary. On July 20,
1263, a disputation between Moses Nahmanides (or Moses ben
Nahman, or RaMbaN) and Pablo Christiani, a convert from
Judaism, about the relative merits of Judaism and Christianity
began in Barcelona. It lasted four days. An important milestone
in the relationship between the two faiths, it gave rise to a con-
siderable literature in its time. Nahmanides’ own account was
first published by Steinschneider (
Sefer Vikuah ha-RaMbaN),
in 1860. This was one of several such debates held at the height