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THEODORE WIENER
Jewish Literary Anniversaries, 1983
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we discover only too late that some worthy figure
in the Jewish literary world was omitted in a previous listing. This
time has been no exception. When this article appears, the 90th
birthday of Haim Liberman on July 17, 1982, will have passed. As
the librarian of the Lubavich Hasidim in Brooklyn, he has been
witness to one of the most remarkable revivals in traditional
Jewish writing. In his numerous studies, only recently collected in
two substantial volumes, he has dealt with the historiography of
Hasidism by non-hasidic authors, with the printing history of
early hasidic works, and with other aspects of Hebrew bibliogra-
phy.
Regrettably, we have also omitted the 75th birthday of Elias
Schulman, which occurred on Sept. 28, 1982. His many contribu­
tions to Yiddish literature are seen in his essays and researches on
such varied subjects as Yung Vilna, Soviet Yiddish and American
Yiddish literatures. His many writings, which have long been a
mainstay of the Yiddish periodical press, have been collected in
book form.
It is at this time that we recall one of the pioneer Christian
Hebraists, Johann Christoph Wolf, who helped lay the founda­
tion of modern Hebrew bibliography. Although the contribution
of creative writers in every genre forms the core of literature, the
bibliographer and historian of literature complement their en­
deavors to give us a survey of their accomplishments. Fishel
Lachower was an important historian of modern Hebrew litera­
ture. Joseph Klausner made his own contribution in this field
along with his scholarship in Jewish history. Eisig Silberschlag is
both a creative poet and historian of Hebrew literature. An im­
portant critic of Yiddish literature was Samuel Niger. The far­
sightedness of George Alexander Kohut made possible many
worthwhile projects in Jewish scholarship.
Among the spiritual leaders of Jewry during the past century
and a half Israel Lipkin (Salanter) and Israel Meir ha-Kohen, the
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