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KABAKOFF ----AMONG RECENT HEBREW BOOKS
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goes to Palestine. Another American Hebrew novelist, Johanan
Twersky, has written an historical novel entitled
Alfred Dreyfus
,
published in Palestine by
Sifriat Hapoalim
, publishing arm of
Hashomer Hatzair.
WRITINGS OF WAXMAN
Dr. Meyer Waxman, who has contributed to the popularization
of Jewish literature through his four-volume
History
, has begun
to issue his Hebrew writings under the title of
Ketavim Nivharim
(Selected Writings), published by Bitzaron. The first volume
which appeared in 1943 was given over largely to a long mono-
graph on Jehudah Halevi and to essays on various Zionist thinkers.
The second volume, published in 1944, consists of two parts:
essays on philosophy and studies in Jewish thought and literature.
The first section includes three essays summarizing the views of
Bergson, Balfour and Mendelssohn and a study on “Cause and
Effect.” Among the other studies is an essay on Ben Zoma’s
views and outlook on the basis of his statements and connections
with contemporary thought; two essays on Saadia Gaon and essays
on Rashi, Maimonides and Abarbanel. The final article in the
volume is a chapter on the history of Jewish spiritual life in the
United States.
A book of literary criticism entitled
Bishte Reshuyot
(In Two
Spheres) was contributed by the late J. J. Wohl, who unfortunately
passed away while his book was still in press. I t contains three
sections permeated with a love for literature and admiration for
its creative spirits. Here we have essays on Jewish and non-Jewish
authors (hence the name of the book) that possess a lyric quality
and a fine style. Wohl has a high regard for literary figures like
Mordecai Feierberg, his townsman, and Ahad Ha’am. Among his
best essays are those on Jewish writers in other languages, such
as Werfel, Zweig, Feuchtwanger and Lewisohn.
Prof. Hayyim Tchernowitz published last year the third volume
of his magnum opus
Toldot ha-Halakah.
The three volumes which
deal with the history of the Oral Law cover the biblical period up
to and including the period of Ezra and Nehemiah. The author,
one of the foremost Hebrew writers and editor of
Bitzaron
, is
seeking to establish in these three volumes his view that the Oral
Law had very early origins. In his trenchant analysis he traces
the Oral Law to the biblical times. While insisting upon an his-
torical 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.