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collections of sermons and popular studies in Judaism, he wrote
A Jewish View of Jesus
(1920, 1931). His
Selected Works
(1935)
in 4 volumes included both sermons and scientific studies, as he
had evinced a particular interest in the midrash and in medieval
ethical literature. He prepared a critical edition of the
Menorat
ha-Maor,
the popular ethical work of the 14th century Israel ben
Joseph Alnakawa (1929-32), also of the
Baraita of the Thirty-Two
Rules
(1933), an early midrashic work that outlines the method of
Biblical interpretation.
A b r a h am Ep ste in .
25th anniversary of death. Born in Slutsk, Russia,
in 1882, died in New York, December 8, 1952. An instructor at
the Hebrew Teachers’ Seminary in Odessa and later at the Herzlia
Institute in New York, he was a close student of modern Hebrew
literature and published several volumes of criticism.
A
two-
volume work was devoted solely to American Hebrew writers.
J a c o b N ahum Ep ste in .
25th anniversary of death. Born in Brest-Litovsk,
Russia, in 1878, died in Jerusalem, February 29, 1952. After
receiving his doctorate in Switzerland, he eventually became pro­
fessor of Talmud at the Hebrew University. His primary concern
was to prepare critical editions of the major rabbinic texts. A
massive work of his was a critical ananotation to the Mishnah. He
also intended to translate the Aramaic portions of the Talmud
into Hebrew, but he succeeded only in publishing three tractates
in Hebrew translations.
I t z ik F e f f e r .
25th anniversary of death. Born in Shpola, Russia, in
1900, killed in Siberia, August 12, 1952. A prominent Yiddish poet
in Russia, who during World War II was active in the Jewish
Anti-Fascist Committee in Russia, through which contact with
the Jewish communities outside of the Soviet Union was maintained,
he was another victim of Stalin’s terror. Posthumously he was
rehabilitated, and some of his works are again available in the
Soviet Union.
F i r s t Z io n is t C ong ress .
80th anniversary. Held in Basel, Switzerland,
beginning August 29, 1897. From this date on Zionism became a
mass movement, inspiring a vast amount of literature continuing
to the present day.
A b ra h am S h a lo m F r ied b e rg .
75th anniversary of death. Born in
Grodno, Russia, in 1838, died in Warsaw, March 20, 1902.
A
Hebrew journalist, who wrote for the
Ha-Melits
and
Ha-Tsefirah,
he brought into Hebrew literature Jewish works from Western
Jewry, such as Guedemann’s history of Jewish education from the
German, as well a history of the Jews in Spain, taken from