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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
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of the
Yishuv
in relation to the outside world; and the widespread
demand for children’s literature. The English reader of this
Annual
will find a description of some of the works recorded in
this article also in
Among the Recent Hebrew Books
, by Jacob
Kabakoff (pages 59-67).
A list of
Hebrew Literature in America
published in 5705 is given
by Ain Hakore. Rabbinical literature was especially enriched
during the past year and some notable contributions were made in
the field of Hebrew juveniles. A number of Hebrew classics that
were difficult to obtain were made available again through the
photoffset process. This list also includes periodicals, of which
four new ones appeared in 5705.
Rabbi Israel Porath offers a
Survey of Hebrew Books on Homi-
letics
published during the last two years in this country. He has
selected eight works from each of which he quotes a typical
homiletical interpretation, in addition to a brief description of
each one.
Prof. Hayyim Tchernowitz’s magnum opus,
Toledot ha-Halakah,
is described by Dr. P. Churgin. The three published volumes of
Toledot ha-Halakah
deal with the history of the Oral Law, covering
the biblical period up to and including the period of Ezra and
Nehemiah. The author is seeking to establish in these volumes
his view that the Oral Law had very early origins; he traces it to
biblical times. While insisting upon an historical approach to
the examination of the sources and growth of the Halakah, he
rejects the prevalent trends towards a materialistic interpretation
even of the Oral Law.
The classified
Guide to Hebrew Literature
, compiled by Akiva Ben
Ezra, will be useful for both students and laymen. Started in
last year’s Jewish Book Annual, the
Guide
is concluded with
selected resources on the following subjects: Novels and Stories,
Poetry, Essays, Jewish Philosophy, Psychology, Literary Criticism
and History of Literature, Jewish Education, Palestine and
Zionism, Hassidism, the Hebrew Movement and Festivals.
The creative output of
Children's Literature in Palestine
is
described by Eliezer Friedland in a brief survey. It is interesting
to note that there is a decidedly educational approach in the large
majority of the books written for children.
Daniel Persky contributes a third article on
Curiosities in
Hebrew Literature.
The bibliophile will find this series of articles
most intriguing.
An innovation in the Hebrew Section of the Annual (likewise in
the Yiddish Section) is
Reviews of Hebrew Books
, culled by ״A.