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WIENER / JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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I
ssachar
J
o el
75th birthday. Born in Hamburg, Germany, April 30,
1900. Associated with the Jewish National and University Library
in Jerusalem since 1926, he was for many years its assistant librar­
ian and edited its bibliographical journal
Kirjath Sepher,
which
lists all current Jewish books in all languages. In recent years
he has compiled the annual
Index of Articles on Jewish Studies,
a very useful tool to the student of Judaism and its history.
M
a x
K
adushin
80th birthday. Born in Minsk, Russia, December 6,
1895. A prominent Conservative rabbi, who also taught at his
alma mater, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, he
wrote several works trying to fathom the foundation of Rabbinic
thought, such as
Organic Thinking: A Study in Rabbinic Thought
(1938) and
A Conceptual Approach to the Mekilta
(1969).
A
rmand
K
am inka
25th anniversary of death. Born in Berdichev,
Russia, in 1866, died in TelAviv, March 12, 1950.
A
modern
liberal rabbi, who served in Germany and in Prague and even­
tually as an organization executive in Vienna, he contributed
studies in Biblical and Talmudic criticism. He also was a Hebrew
poet, whose main work, however, was the translation of the
Greek and Latin classics into Hebrew. He also prepared an edi­
tion of Al-Harizi's
Tahkemoni,
a medieval Hebrew epic.
M
enah em
K
asher
80th birthday. Born in Warsaw, March 7, 1895.
A versatile rabbinic scholar, he is best-known for the
Torah
Shelemah,
a compilation of commentaries to the Pentateuch from
before the time of Rashi. By 1971 25 volumes had been pub­
lished covering Genesis and Exodus only. An English edition of
this work is in progress under the title,
An Encyclopedia of Bib-
litical Interpretation
(9 vols., 1953-70). He also issued a Haggadah
with a voluminous commentary with English translation. Another
important work is his
Sare ha-Elef
(1959), listing all the books
written by rabbinic authors who lived between 500 and 1500.
B
enzion
K
atz
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Daugi, near Vilna,
December 18, 1875, died in Tel-Aviv in 1958. A student of East
European Jewish history who utilized rabbinic sources for his
work, he published a history of 16th-17th century Jewry in 1898.
Before the first World War, he also edited several Hebrew jour­
nals in Russia. In 1931 he settled in Palestine where he con­
tributed to the daily press, and also established a journal spe­
cializing in the history of Russian Jewry.
J
udah
J
ulian
K
laczko
150th anniversary of birth. Born in Vilna,
November 11, 1825, died in Cracow in 1906. Already in 1842 he
published a volume of Hebrew poems. Later he turned away
from his people, converted to Catholicism and espoused Polish
nationalism in his writings, mostly in French.