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153
M
ich ael
A
ssa f
.
75th birthday. Born in Lodz, Poland, May 3,
1896. In Palestine since 1920, he is considered an expert on Arab
affairs, having written several works on Arab history, particularly
in Palestine, also some Arabic pamphlets on Jewish history and
Zionism.
B
aruch
ben
S
am u e l
,
of Mainz. 750th anniversary of death.
Died April 25, 1221. One of the great rabbis in this important
medieval period in the development of Judaism, he is known only
through fragments of his legal decisions quoted by such outstand-
ing contemporaries as Meir of Rothenburg and Nahmanides.
B
e n
*A
vigdor
,
pseud, of Abraham Leb Shalkowitz. 50th anni-
versary of death. Born near Vilna, in 1866, died in Carlsbad,
Czechoslovakia, September 23, 1921. His major contribution to
Hebrew literature is not so much his own writings, but rather his
establishment of publication series of inexpensive Hebrew books,
popular in content. Thus through his efforts hundreds of Hebrew
books were published by the publishing houses of Achiasaf,
Tushiyah, and Central in Warsaw.
I
sa iah
B
ershadsk i
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Simoshti,
Russia, October 25, 1871, died in Warsaw in 1910. An early
Hebrew novelist, who also wrote in Yiddish, he is recognized as
a writer whose novels were characterized by lack of sentimentality
and opposition to the rising Jewish national movement.
M
icha
J o s e p h
B
in
-G
orion
(Berdyczewski). 50th anniversary of
death. Born in Meshibosh, Russia, in 1865, died in Berlin, No-
vember 18, 1921. He wrote Hebrew novels and essays and pub-
lished also collections of Jewish legends in German. In his novels
he depicts the inner life of the Jew at the threshold of modern life.
S
heldon
H
aas
B
lank
. 75th birthday. Born in Mt. Carmel, 111.,
September 17, 1896.
A
professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union
College in Cincinnati, he has concentrated his studies on the
Prophets, devoting two of his books to Isaiah and Jeremiah,
respectively.
S
am u e l
M.
B
l um e n f ie l d
.
70th birthday. Born in Letichev,
Russia, September 13, 1901. For many years dean of the College
of Jewish Studies in Chicago and later director of the Department
of Education of the Jewish Agency for Israel in New York, he is
the author of
Master of Troyes,
a biography of Rashi, and
Mai
־
monides, the Educator.
J
oseph
H
a y y im
B
renn er
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in
Novy Mlyny, Russia, in 1881, died in Tel-Aviv, May 2, 1921.
His novels and sketches and political essays in Hebrew reflect a
deep pessimism about Jewish life. In Palestine since 1909, he
tried to unite the different Zionist labor groups with only partial
success.