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J EWI SH L I TERARY ANN I V E R S A R I E S
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By
T
heodore
W
ie n e r
T
h is
c om ing
y e a r
we celebrate the birthdays of some
v e ry
important institutions in American Jewish life, both religious
and secular in their significance. The Hebrew Theological College
in Chicago and the American Jewish Archives at the Hebrew
Union College in Cincinnati, each in its own way, have made
their impact on the community. At the same time, two important
Yiddish dailies, the
Jewish Daily Forward
and the
Freiheit,
can
record significant milestones in their history especially in this
period of high newspaper mortality which holds additional perils
for the foreign language press.
Another institution, the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des
Judentums in Berlin, destroyed by the Nazis, is also being re-
membered, as many of its graduates serve the American Jewish
community.
Among medieval luminaries we recall radically different per-
sonalities: Moses Isserles, the codifier, and Isaac Luria, the mystic.
These two in their polarity typify the richness of the Jewish heri-
tage in ages gone by.
Present-day scholars are represented by Dov Sadan, Meir Simon
Geshuri, Leo Jung, Abraham Menes, Suessman Muntner, Aryeh
Tartakower, Shlomo Shunami, Abraham Sofer-Schreiber, Walter
Fischel, Gershom Scholem and Rudolf Glanz. This group of out-
standing men, each devoted to a different specialty extending
the frontiers of knowledge about the history of our people and
its ideas, shows the remarkable vitality inherent in contemporary
Jewry, as the contemplation of the glories of the past serves to
reinforce the will to carry on our tradition facing whatever chal-
lenges the future may have to offer.
Chronological List
Without definite date: American Jewish Archives, Hebrew Theo-
logical College, Chicago.
January: 2, Bernard Felsenthal; 13, Leon Gottlieb; 19, Simon
Markus.
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