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BERKOWITZ / EPHRAIM DEINARD
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system of orthography over any simplified, more modern system.
As in all cases, he hurled his barbs at those who did not agree with
his stance. Nonetheless, he was among the first to establish He­
brew speaking groups in America. Strangely enough he also
disliked Yiddish though it was the cultural medium of the total
community.
Deinard was a curious personality. Over a long life-time of
activity, his ever-present prejudices and contradictions are ap­
parent. The modern reader is distracted by his biblical style and
antiquated opinions. Yet one can uncover important pieces of
information about a turbulent time through reading his books.
Undoubtedly, his most permanent contribution was not in the
books he wrote, but in the ones that he collected.