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JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES, 1964
HE Jewish people since the very beginning of its history
has never lived in isolation from the world surrounding it.
The whole panorama of Biblical history has become the com-
mon possession of the Western world. It is therefore quite ap-
propriate to call attention at this time to three anniversaries
of outstanding Christian students of Judaism, the two Buxtorfs
and Johann Jakob Schudt. Their dates fall into the post-
Renaissance and Humanist periods, when man’s curiosity about
everything propelled scholars on many highways and by-ways
never trod before. The elder Buxtorf prepared the first im-
portant bibliography of rabbinic works, whereas his son made
Maimonides’ and Judah ha-Levi’s philosophic works available
to the learned Christian public in Latin translation. Schudt
rendered important service to posterity by giving us a glimpse
Probably the most popular Jewish writer in English in the
recent past was Israel Zangwill. His novels give a unique insight
into the life of Anglo-Jewry at the turn of the century. Inter-
esting light on Jewish life in the nineteenth century is shed
also by the memoirs of Israel Joseph Benjamin (Benjamin II).
His travels took him to many parts of the world, including the
Institutions in our list this year include the Central Con-
ference of American Rabbis, which has made a contribution
to Jewish literature as an organization, and through its gifted
members who have enriched our knowledge of Judaism with
many books and studies; and
The Jewish Day,
the Yiddish daily
which has meant so much to its immigrant readers as a home
away from home, while striving to make their way in this
Chronological List
Without exact date: David Oppenheim (er), Mordecai Plungian.
January: 2, Ben-Zion Dinur, Hannah Ruth London; 9, Ben Zion
Goldberg; 10, Uri Zvi Gruenberg; 13, Johann Jakob Schudt;
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into the Jewish life of his native Frankfort.
United States during the Civil War period.
strange new land.
22, Guido Kisch.
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