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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
people to the nations. Dispersion is not punishment but oppor­
tunity; exile is not banishment but a divine gift of exalted
destiny. The day of mourning then becomes a day of celebration
and consecration.”
Kaufman Kohler dates “the beginnings of Einhorn’s prayer-
book” to 1849. He no doubt brought sections of it when he
arrived in 1855, for by 1856 portions were already being used.
Its publication two years later “was hailed by progressive Ger­
man Jews,” Kohler claims, “as a new revelation, as a God-sent
interpretation of the religious consciousness of the modern Jew.”3
Olat Tamid
went through a number of editions and appeared
in two English translations. The first in 1872 was approved by
the author, but disavowed by his disciples. The other, by son-in-
law Dr. Emil G. Hirsch in 1896, catches the literary glow of
the original. By that time, however, the
Union Prayer Book,
which was based on
Olat Tamid,
was issued, and Einhorn’s
liturgical statement lived on through the successor volume.
FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
It remains but to mention briefly two works, one for women and
one for children, both in English.
Roochamah: Devotional Exercises for the Use of the Daughters
of Israel Intended for Public and Private Worship, On the
Various Occasions of Woman’s Life. Compiled and Translated,
and edited by Rev. M. J. Raphall, New York, 5612, A.M. (1852).
The publisher, L. Joachimssen, sees this small volume as a suc­
cessor to the “old
Judish-Deutsch Techinoth,”
and hopes that,
“the pious daughters of Israel will hail this little book with
pleasure and thanks . .
The editor argues the need of such
a work especially in America “where Hebrew educational in­
stitutions for both sexes are in their infancy . . . girls’ schools can
scarcely be said to exist . .
The first prayerbook for children was published anonymously
in San Francisco in 1860:
Order of Prayers for Hefzi-Bah Hebrew
School. Temporarily compiled for the Devotion of the Solemn
Holidays of the Year 5621.
B
David Einhorn Memorial Volume,
Bloch Publishing Co., N.Y., 1911, pp.
227, 441.