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Authority, Samuel Goren’s work on the desert of Judea, a technical
study published by the Israel Institute of Petroleum—all attest the
great variety of material being acquired on Israel. Finally, it
should be added that from time to time certain non-book material
such as maps, records, sheet-music and film strips are sent.
During the month under review, several items of non-Judaic
interest were submitted. They included a book dealing with in­
struction in drawing, a volume of Liebes’ translation of the works
of Plato, an anthology of translations from Arabic literature edited
by Yehuda Ratzhaby, a teacher’s manual on stage art, and a
popular work on astronomy by Nahman Jacobi.
More Than 1300 Periodicals Supplied
While the quantity and variety of monograph acquisitions is
impressive, one is simply overwhelmed by the more than 1300
periodicals supplied by the PL-480 Program. They reflect virtually
every facet of Israeli life. As expected, there are various scholarly
journals in the different areas of Jewish studies: Tarbiz, Zion,
Kirjath Sepher, and Sinai, to name but four. There are also many
literary journals, those well established like Moznayim and Molad
and more recent ones likes Keshet and Eked. The proliferation of
political parties and ideological groups in Israel is reflected in
the veritable flood of journals published by them, primarily but
not exclusively in Hebrew: Ha-Poel ha-Tzair (Mapai), Gevilin
(Mizrachi), Zo ha-Derekh (Communists), Matspen (Israeli Social­
ist union), Zot ha-Aretz (Irredentists), among others. In addition,
various immigrant groups publish periodicals dealing with their
special interest: MB (German language newsletter of immigrants
from Central Europe) and Ba-Ma’arakhah (organ of the Sephardic
and Oriental Jews). Almost every professional, trade and workers’
group publishes its own journal: Niv ha-rofe (physicians), Ha-
Noked (sheep breeders), She’arim (Tel-Aviv municipal workers),
Ot u-Ma’ot (Bank of Israel staff organ).
Hundreds of periodical publications issued by governmental
bodies on both the national and municipal level are being ac­
quired; these include publications of the various ministries
and bureaus, municipalities, kibbutzim and courts. The entire
Reshumot series (official gazette) is being sent. Finally, a number
of popular periodicals are sent as representatives of mass culture:
La-Ishah (women’s magazine), Ba-Rekhev (touring and auto­
mobile magazine), Ha-Adam ve-Khalbo (dog lovers’ journal),
Shemoneh ba-Erev (radio and television news and programs).
While the figure of 1300 titles is impressive to begin with, the
quantity of material supplied is staggering when one considers
the total number of pieces being sent to an individual library,