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wrote a history of the Jews, issued a prayerbook for women and
compiled a collection of legends and sayings from the Talmud and
Midrash, all in German.
S
olomon
B.
F
r e eh o f
.
90th birthday. Born in London, England, August 8,
1892. For many years a leading Reform rabbi in Pittsburgh who
has served as president of the Central Conference of American
Rabbis, he is noted as an outstanding preacher and authority on
Jewish tradition, which he has tried to adapt to Reform practice. A
particular interest of his has been the responsa literature, to which
he devoted two volumes, one a survey of this literature
(The Responsa
Literature
), the other a translation of selected responsa
(A Treasury of
Responsa).
He likewise has issued several volumes of his own re ­
sponsa, intended for Reform Jews. In addition he has written Eng­
lish commentaries on several biblical books, Isaiah, Jerem iah ,
Ezekiel, the Psalms, and Job.
J
akob
F
r eu d en th a l
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in Bodenfelde,
Germany, in 1839, died in Schreiberhau, Germany, July 1, 1907. He
taught philosophy at the Breslau rabbinical seminary and at the
university there. His studies covered Greek philosophy, Jewish Hel­
lenistic studies, and Spinoza.
Z
e r u b a v e l
G
i l e a d
.
70 th birthday. Born in Bendery , Bessarabia,
November 15, 1912. In Palestine since 1922, he has been active in
the Kibbutz movement and served in the Palmach during the War of
Independence. He has written several volumes of poetry for adults
and children, and also edited accounts
of
Jewish resistance during
the Holocaust.
S
olomon
Z
alman
H
alberstam
. 150th anniversary of birth. Born in
Cracow, February 23 , 1832, died in Bielitz, Austrian Silesia, in 1900.
A successful businessman, who made Jewish scholarship and book
collecting his avocation, he assembled a large library of Hebrew
books and manuscripts and maintained a lively correspondence with
many Jewish scholars of his day. He published several editions of
medieval Hebrew works from the manuscripts that he had acquired.
Part of his library eventually came to the Jewish Theological Semi­
nary in New York, another to the Library of the Jewish Community
of Vienna, where a catalogue was prepared and published by Bern-
hard Wachstein.
W
o l f
H
e id enh e im
.
150th anniversary of death. Born in Heidenheim,
Germany, in 1757, died in Roedelheim near Frankfurt, February
26, 1832. In 1798 Heidenheim received permission to establish a
Hebrew and German printing press in Roedelheim. From that time
on he published numerous editions of the prayerbook, some with
German translation in Hebrew characters; also editions of the Bible
and grammatical works. His books were praised for the accuracy of