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as its president. In Jewish scholarship he also contributed articles
to the
Revue des etudes juives
and wrote studies on the books of
Esther, Judith, and Genesis.
B
e n
-Z
io n
M
e ir
H
a i
O
u z i e l
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Jeru­
salem May 23, 1880, died there in 1953. First a teacher in a
Yeshiva in Jaffa, he eventually became the Sephardic rabbi there.
After World War I he served as rabbi in Salonica, Greece, before
returning to Palestine to become Sephardic chief rabbi in 1939.
H e published several collections of responsa and other works on
various aspects of traditional Jewish law.
R
a p h a e l
P
a t a i
.
70th birthday. Born in Budapest, October 22, 1910.
He was the first Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
His field of interest has been biblical Jewish history and the modern
Near East. After teaching at various institutions in Palestine, he
came to the Un ited States in 1947. He served on the faculties
of Dropsie University in Philadelphia and Fairleigh Dickinson
University in Rutherford, New Jersey.
Man and Temple in Ancient
Jewish Myth and Ritual
(1947, 19672) ,
Culture and Change in
the Middle East
(1962, 1971), and
The Hebrew Goddess
(1967)
are some of the works he has published. H e has also written mono­
graphs on present-day Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, and also edited
the
Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel
(1971).
Y
e s h a y a h u
P
r e s s
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Jerusalem in 1874,
died there June 11, 1955. A life-long resident of Jerusalem, he
published various guide-books of Palestine and Syria, topped off
by a four-volume geographic encyclopedia of Palestine. He also
wrote about the earlier 19th-century Jewish community in Jeru­
salem. lo r many years he was the principal of the Laemmel School
in Jerusalem, one of the earliest modern educational institutions
there.
Y
e h o s h u a
R
a d l e r
-F
e l d m a n
( R
a b b i
B
i n y a m i n
)
. 100th anniversary of
birth. Born in Zborov, Galicia, May 23, 1880, died in Jerusalem
in 1957. A Hebrew journalist, he collaborated for a while with
Joseph Hayyim Brenner in London before settling in Palestine in
1907, working as a pioneer and as a teacher from 1910 in Jerusalem.
Active in the Mizrachi movement, he edited its Hebrew magazine
for many years. Un like many other Zionists he favored cooperation
with the Arabs and was among the founders of Berit Shalom. In
his wide ranging essays he dealt not only with contemporary issues,
but did much to advance writers like Brenner and Agnon before
the Hebrew reading public. He also wrote about European and
Asiatic civilizations.