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158
L
eon
P
insker
.
150th anniversary of birth. Born in Piotrkow,
Russia, December 24, 1821, died in Odessa in 1891. A prominent
physician in Odessa who fought for the rights of the Jews in
Russia, he was among those who were disappointed by the reac-
tion that came in Russia in 1882. As a result he wrote the pamphlet
Autoemancipation
in German, calling for a separate settlement
of the Jews on their own land. This work is considered one of the
forerunners of the Zionist movement.
S
am u e l
A
brah am
P
oznan sk i
.
50th anniversary of death. Born
in Lubranice, Poland, in 1864, he died in Warsaw, December 5,
1921. For many years chief rabbi of the liberal wing of the Warsaw
Jewish community, he also made noted contributions to scholar-
ship, especially in the area of Rabbinic and Karaitic studies.
A
br ah am
R
egelson
.
75th birthday. Born in Hlusk, Russia,
October, 1896. Although raised in New York, he has always been
a Hebrew writer and is now living in Israel. In addition to
volumes of poetry and essays, he has produced translations of
English and American poetry into Hebrew and some Hebrew
works in English translation. His latest book is a collection of
essays on modern philosophers.
M
ordecai
I.
S
o l o f f
.
70th birthday. Born in Russia, July 2,
1901. Now a Reform rabbi in Los Angeles, he served as an edu-
cational director in various American synagogues. His trilogy of
Jewish history text-books,
When the Jewish People Was Young,
How the Jewish People Grew Up,
and
How the Jewish People
Lives Today
were immensely popular throughout the country in
years gone by.
I
saac
E
l h a n a n
S
pector
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in
Rossi, Russia, in 1817, died in Kovna, Lithuania, March 6, 1896.
One of the outstanding rabbis in Russia of his generation, he
managed to unify the community in his charge. He published
several volumes of Responsa that have been reprinted in recent
years. The rabbinical school of Yeshiva University in New York
is named after him.
A
brah am
J
o seph
S
t y b e l
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in
Zarki, Poland, in 1885, died in New York, September 16, 1946.
His main service to Hebrew literature was the establishment of a
Hebrew publishing house, first in Moscow, then in other Euro-
pean cities, finally in Tel-Aviv. He began by publishing the jour-
nal
Ha-Tekufah
(1918-49) which wandered from Moscow, over
Warsaw, Berlin, Tel-Aviv to New York during its period of ex-
istence. He also brought out works by outstanding Hebrew writers
and translations of the world’s classics into Hebrew.
G
abr iel
J
o seph
T
a l p ir
.
70th birthday. Born in Stanislawow,
Poland, July 16, 1901. In Palestine since 1925, he has been editor