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The Schocken publishing house, formerly of Berlin, has con-
tinued one of its literary customs, in its new home, by publishing
a yearly
Luah Haaretz
(Haaretz Almanac), similar in format to
Schocken Almanach
which it had previously issued in German.
Luah Haaretz
for 5705 presents, in addition to yearly surveys of
world and Jewish events, a section of
with contribu-
tions by novelists of such stature as Agnon, Hazaz and Shenberg
and poets like Shlonsky, Fichman, Goldberg and Alterman. Of
interest among the articles is Prof. Gershom Sholem’s essay en-
titled “Some Reflections on Jewish Science,” in which he points
out the faults of modern Jewish scholars and their tendency to-
wards sentimentality and over-idealization.
In 1939 the Bialik Institute began to issue a cyclopedia of
Zionism entitled
Sefer Hatzionut
(Book of Zionism), containing
source material and historical evaluations of the movement from
its beginnings to the modern period. The first volume, dealing with
the early period, was started under the editorship of B. Z. Dina-
burg. The second volume, devoted to the Hibbat Zion period,
has Samuel Yavnieli as its editor. Recently there appeared part
two of this volume containing four chapters of source material
plus historical introductions. Presented here, through sources and
interpretation, are Pinsker and his
, the activity
of Baron Edmond Rothschild, the early settlements, the Hibbat
Zion societies and the nationalistic literature of the period. When
completed, this cyclopedia will comprise an invaluable work of
Books of poetry are frequently published in Palestine. Fichman,
Shalom, Karni, Hameiri, Koplewitz, Lichtenbaum, Lamdan, Gold-
berg, Rimon and others are among the poets who have issued
new titles. First consideration, however, must go to the last
collection of the poems of Tchernichowsky, which have been pub-
lished posthumously by Schocken under the title
Kokve Shamaim
(Heavenly Stars Far Off). The collection, containing
the poems written during the last three years of the poet’s life,
exhibit his usual wide range. I t presents poems based on the
background and memories of the poet, on biblical themes and
festivals, on historic happenings which reflect the present tragedy
and translations from Heine, Goethe, Byron and the Icelandic
Ode. But the volume would be noteworthy if it were only for
its long poem “The Golden People,” consisting of seven parts