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ing of Jewish Existence,
mark him as one of the major Jewish
thinkers of our time.
D
avid
H
artwig
B
aneth
. 80th birthday. Born in Krotoschin,
Germany, December 24, 1893. As professor of Arabic at the
Hebrew University for many years, he has written primarily in
this field, but he has also prepared an edition of Maimonides’
Arabic responsa with a translation into Hebrew.
B
eer
o f
B
olecho v
(D
ob
B
er
B
ir ke n th a l
)
. 250th anniversary
of birth. Born in Bolechov, Poland, March 13, 1723, died there
in 1805. A prominent lay member of this old community, he
recorded his memoirs, which have been published also in English
translation and furnish important insights into the life of Polish
Jewry during his period.
A
b r a h a m
ben
S
h a l o m
B
e l a i s
.
200th anniversary of birth. Born
in Tunis, August 7, 1773, died in London in 1853. After having
served as rabbi in his native city as well as treasurer to the Bey
of Tunis, he travelled to Palestine and through Europe, eventu­
ally becoming a member of the Rabbinical Court in London. He
published several ethical works in Hebrew and also hymns for
patriotic occasions.
Shmuel Hugo Bergman. 90th birthday. Born in Prague,
December 25, 1883. First librarian, then professor of philosophy
at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has been a prolific
writer in his field. His works in English include
Faith and Reason:
an Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought
and
The Philosophy
of Solomon Maimon.
Hayyim Nahman B ia lik . 100th anniversary of birth. Born in
Radi, Russia, January 11, 1873, died in Vienna in 1934. The out­
standing modern Hebrew poet, already recognized in his lifetime,
he incorporated within himself the Renaissance of the Jewish
people and gave the revival of Hebrew a tremendous impetus. In
addition to his poetry and stories, some of which were translated
into English, he presented the Rabbinic Bible stories in a modern
Hebrew idiom in his
Sefer Agadah.
E
m a n u e l
Bin-Gorion. 70th birthday. Born in Breslau, Ger­
many, June 18, 1903. As the son of the Hebrew writer Micha
Joseph Berdyczewski, he edited many of his father’s writings
posthumously, but has also written about folklore, Jewish and
general, in German and Hebrew, having settled in Palestine in
1936. Recently he published an anthology of Talmudic stories
in German.