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A special memorial committee recently issued the
Kovetz Madai
Lezeker Dr. Moshe Schorr
, Studies in Memory of Moses Schorr,
edited by Prof. Louis Ginzberg and Abraham Weiss. The news
of the death in Eastern Russia of this scholar and leader came
as a blow to Jews the world over, particularly to his associates
and colleagues. They have now gotten together a collection of
scientific papers on Bible, Rabbinics and Jewish History, fields to
which Dr. Schorr made many significant contributions. The nine-
teen scholars from Palestine and America who have joined in this
literary tribute represent our foremost institutions of Jewish learn-
ing. Some of them served on the faculty of the Warsaw Judaic
Institute, which Dr. Schorr headed, and are now in this country.
A distinct literary need has been filled by the publication of
Shire Jehudah Halevi
, selected liturgical and secular poems of the
Spanish-Jewish poet, edited and annotated by Dr. Simon Bern-
stein. This beautiful album edition, issued by the Ogen Publish-
ing House of the Histadruth Ivrith, may be considered a product
of the widespread interest engendered in the “Sweet Singer of
Zion” as a result of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of
his death. Since the standard editions of Halevi’s poems are no
longer available, the reader now has access to a fairly representa-
tive selection of over 300 of his poems. The value of the edition
is enhanced by the running commentary by the editor. Dr. Bern-
stein makes use of the comments of Luzzatto, Harkavy, Brody
and other scholars. He has also contributed a discerning intro-
duction on the life and poetry of Halevi. This is a book for library
and home which will be welcomed in Palestine as well as in this
A number of books of poetry of more than passing interest have
appeared in recent months. Zalman Schnaiur, the fortieth anni-
versary of whose literary activity was marked this year, issued
a new edition of his
Pirke Yaar
(Forest Chapters), which won him
the Bialik Prize when it first appeared in 1938. The
Forest Chap-
, which give the book its name, depict the struggle between
civilization and the forest, revealing an epic quality. The volume
also contains a group of gripping poems on Jewish suffering entitled
“Ukrainian Cycle” and a number of Palestinian poems written
under the impact of a visit to the country. In a poem dedicated
to Bialik, Schnaiur expresses his love for the Bible and the Jewish
book in the following words: “Truly, I am proud to be a scion of
a people who created this Book . . . . truly, there is something to
suffer for, if you are a scion of a people who created this Book.”