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W IENER /JEW ISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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1937 as a 3-volu.me work and in its still incomplete second edition,
begun in 1952, has reached 18 volumes.
ITTAMAR B
e n
- A
v i
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Jerusalem, July
27, 1885, died in East Orange, New Jersey, in 1943. The son of
Eliezer Ben-Yehudah, he was one o f the first children to be reared
as a Hebrew speaker in modern times. After studying in Europe, he
returned to Palestine and was active in Hebrew journalism, but also
wrote in other languages. For a while he edited a Hebrew journal in
the Latin alphabet, but this advocacy o f his received little accept­
ance. A pioneer in seeking a rapprochement with the Arabs, he
wrote
Palestinians; Molding a Common Countryfo r Two Brother-Peoples
(1929), and published his memoirs in Hebrew.
I
s a a c
D
o v
B
e r k o w i t z
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Slutsk,
Russia, October 15, 1885, died in Israel in 1967. A son-in-law of
Sholem Aleichem, he is best-known for his Hebrew translation o f his
father-in-law’sworks and his memoirs o f him. Coming to the United
States in 1913, he edited the journals
Ha-Toren
and
Miklat.
He set­
tled in Palestine in 1928. In his own right he wrote extensively in
Hebrew and Yiddish in many genres.
ISRAEL C
o h e n
.
80th birthday. Born near Tarnopol, Galicia, June 10,
1905. In Palestine since 1925, he became one of the leading literary
critics o f Israel. Active in the Zionist Labor movement and the He­
brew Writers’ Association, he edited their respective periodicals. His
works on modern Hebrew literature have been published in several
collections.
A
b b a
E
b a n
.
70th birthday. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, February
2, 1915. An Israeli diplomat and foreign minister, he has been an
eloquent spokesman for Israel throughout his career. Very popular
have been his works on the history of the Jews
(My People
, 1968,
1969, 1978) and on the history of Israel
(My Country,
1972, 1973,
1975). He also wrote an autobiography
(Abba Eban,
1977). More re­
cently there appeared
The New Diplomacy
(1983), dealing with cur­
rent international relations, based on his experiences.
Louis
FINKELSTEIN.
90th birthday. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 14,
1895. A Conservative rabbi, who through most of his career has
been associated with theJewish Theological Seminary o f America in
New York, first as a professor and then as president, he has devoted
his researches to rabbinic Judaism. A major work has been the
2-volume
The Pharisees
(1938, 1962, 1966). He also wrote a biogra­
phy of Rabbi Akiba and published various rabbinic classics in critical
editions.
ISAAC S
e c k e l
F
r a e n k e l
.
150th anniversary o f death. Born in Parchim,
Germany, in 1765, died in Hamburg, Germany, June 4, 1835. A
self-taught prominent businessman and leader of the Reform Tem-