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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
A
braham
G
o ld fad en
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in Volhynia in the
Ukraine in 1840, died in New York, January 9, 1908. After training
in a modern Russian rabbinical school, he settled in Rumania, where
he began staging plays in Yiddish, many written by himself.
Throughout his life he was engaged in the Yiddish theater, first in
the various centers of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, then also in the
United States. He wrote numerous plays and librettos for Yiddish
musicals, some of which have been recorded by such artists as
Richard Tucker. He is generally considered the father of the mod­
ern Yiddish theater.
R
o b e r t
G
ord is
.
75th birthday. Born in New York, February 6, 1908. A
prominent Conservative rabbi in the New York area, who also
taught Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he is the author of
numerous works in the field of Bible and in the exposition of
modern Judaism, such as
The Biblical Text in the Making
(1972 ),
The
Book o f God and Man, a Study o fJo b
(1965 ),
The Book o fJob , a Commen­
tary
(1978),
Koheleth
(1 9 5 1 ,3 rd ed. 1968),
A Faith f o r Moderns
(1960 ,
reprint 1971), and
Love and Sex, a Jewish Perspective
(1978).
S
am u el
L
e ib
G
ordon
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Lida, Lithuania,
in 1865, died in Tel-Aviv, December 18, 1933. A Hebrew poet and
educator, who was active both in Europe and Palestine, he wrote
popular Hebrew text-books and a modern commentary on the Bible
in Hebrew, which incorporated the results of modern scholarship. It
is still being used extensively in Israeli schools.
J
acob
H
oschander
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Teschen, Silesia,
now'Poland, in 1874, died in New York, October 28 , 1933. He came
to this country in 1909 and taught at the Dropsie College in
Philadelphia and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
His fields of interest included both Bible and archeology. He reg ­
ularly contributed surveys of biblical studies to the
Jewish Quarterly
Review,
and also wrote a study of the Book of Esther. Posthumously
there appeared
The Priests and the Prophets
in 1938.
I
sra el
M
e ir
H
a
-K
o h en
.
50th anniversary of death. Born near Vilna in
1838, died in Radun, Poland, September 15, 1933. Although he
never occupied a pulpit, he became known as one of the most
revered spiritual leaders of Polish Jewry through his various publi­
cations that dealt particularly with ethical conduct as commanded by
Jewish tradition. His best-known work,
HafetzHayim,
concerning the
laws of gossip and slander, replaced his real name in the minds of
most people. Several of his works were translated and adapted into
English. Among them ar
eAhavath Chesed, Kindness as Required by God
(1967 , 2nd ed. 1976
),G ive Us Life
(1969 ),
The HafetzHayyim onPirkey
Avoth
(1975),
Stories and Parables
(1976 ),
The Hafetz Hayyim on the
Siddur
(1974 ), and
Who Wants to Live
(1968).