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(1906). He also wrote commentaries to several Biblical
books as part of the commentaries series of the Jewish Publication
Society of America. A collection of his scholarly essays first published
in the
Jewish Exponent
in Philadelphia appeared under the title,
Jewish Feasts and Fasts
(1945).
J
u l iu s
G
u t t m a n n
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Hildesheim ,
Germany, April 15, 1880, died in Jerusalem in 1950. An ordained
rabbi, he taught philosophy at the University of Breslau, Germany,
later Jewish philosophy at the liberal rabbinical seminary in
Berlin, and finally at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In
addition to many articles on Jewish philosophy, he wrote a history
of Jewish philosophy first in German (1933), later translated
into Hebrew (1951), and finally into English (
Philosophies of
Judaism,
1964). Th is work is not limited to the medieval period,
but begins with the Bible and includes the modern era.
P
er e t z
H
ir s c h b e in
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Kleszczele,
Poland, January 7, 1880, died in Los Angeles in 1948. As a young
man he moved to Warsaw where he associated with Bialik, Sholem
Asch, Peretz and other well-known writers. His first plays were
written in Hebrew, but later he wrote in Yiddish. W ith Bialik’s
help he organized a Yiddish repertory company in Odessa in 1908,
which performed throughout Russia for two years. Later he wrote
a series of folk dramas which proved quite popular on the New
York Yiddish stage. A number of his plays appeared in English
translations in anthologies, one as a separate book
(The Haunted
Inn,
1921). For a number of years he traveled around the world
seeking out isolated Jewish communities and reporting about
them in the Yiddish daily,
Der Tog,
in New York. He also visited
Palestine. His travelogs are considered among the best in Yiddish
literature.
A
d o l f
H
u e b s c i i
.
150th anniversary of birth. Born in Lipto-Szentmiklos,
Hungary, September 9, 1830, died in New York in 1884. After
serving as rabbi in Hungary and Prague, where he had acquired
an academic education, he came to New York as rabbi of Congrega­
tion Aliawath Chesed, where he introduced moderate reforms. In
Prague he had published the Syriac version of the
Megillot
with
a German translation. Posthumously, a selection of his sermons was
published in German.
I
sa a c
b e n
J
o s e p h
,
o f
C
o r b e i l
.
700th anniversary of death. Died April
29, 1280. One of the great rabbinic authorities in France, he is
remembered for his
Sefer Mitsvot Katan (SeMaK)
, the small book
of the commandments, patterned after Moses of Coucy’s
Sefer
Mitsvot Gadol
(SeMaG
)
, the large book of the commandments.