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the weekly
ha-Po’el ha-Tsa'ir
for over 30 years. He also wrote many
literary essays, and criticism of both Hebrew and world literature.
T h e latest ed ition of his collected works comprises seven volumes.
He also prepared an anthology of Hebrew essays in English transla­
p h r a im
e in a r d
50th anniversary of death. Born in Sasmakken, Lithu­
ania, in 1846, died in New York, June 24, 1930. Early in life he
began to collect Hebrew books and manuscripts and established
a book store in Odessa. From 1888 he lived mainly in America.
H is talent in collecting was put to good use by Jacob Schiff, when
the latter made his first munificent gift of several thousand He­
brew volumes to the Library of Congress in 1912. He also prepared
a catalogue of the Hebrew books and manuscripts in the library
of Mayer Sulzberger in 1896 and a bibliography of Hebrew books
printed in America from 1735 till 1926. Among his many Hebrew
works are polemics against Reform Judaism, Hasidism, and Chris­
tianity. H e wrote extensively about his travels in the Crimea,
Palestine and Egypt.
a l o m o n
r e n s d o r f
100th anniversary of death. Born in Hamburg,
Germany, in 1803, died in Hanover, Germany, March 23, 1880. A
fellow student and friend of Abraham Geiger, the later leader of
German liberal Judaism, and Samson Raphael Hirsch, the later
leader of German Neo-Orthodoxy, he served briefly as rabbi, but
eventually became director of the Jewish teachers institute in
Hanover. His major contribution to Jewish scholarship has been
the ed ition of various works on the Masorah, the notes to the
biblical text made by scribes in the early Middle Ages.
h l o m o
( F
r it z
) G
o i t e i n
80th birthday. Born in Burgkunstadt,
Germany, April 3, 1900. In Palestine since 1923, he has been
working in the field of Arabic studies, serving as professor at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem and later at the University of
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In the Jewish field he has written
about the Yemenite Jews, including a collection of stories and
From the Land of Shba
(1947). More recently lie has
been utilizing the Genizah texts for reconstructing the civilization
of the Mediterranean area during the Midde Ages.
A Mediter­
ranean Society
(1967-78) and
Letters of Medieval Jewish Traders
(1972) are among the results of these studies.
Jews and Arabs
(19743) records the history of Jewish-Arab relations from the be­
g inn ing to the present.
Herman G o l la n c z . 50th anniversary of death. Born in Bremen,
Germany, in 1852, died in London, October 15, 1930. A rabbi in
London who also taught Hebrew at the University of London, he