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Shevet ha-Levi',
Yehiel Y. Weinberg,
Seridei ha-esh\
Ovadia Yosef,
Yabia omer.
Isaachar Jacobsen,
Netiv binah
(Tel Aviv:
1976-1978, 5 vols.) merits special mention as a successful attempt
to interpret the liturgy for the lay Jew. Yaakov Werdiger’s
tselota de-Avrahamm
(Tel Aviv: 1970, 2 vols.), together with his
Edut le-Yisrael
(Bnei Braq: 1963), and M.Y. Weinstock,
Siddur ha-
Geonim veha-Mekubalim veha-Hasidim
(Jerusalem: 1970-1983, 21
vols.), are among the most important twentieth century contribu­
tions to Jewish liturgy.
It is perhaps too early to judge which post-Holocaust rabbinic
works of
Jewish Thought
will remain classics in the decades to
come. Nonetheless, the impact of such works as Elijah E. Dessler,
Mikhtav me-Eliyahu
(Bnei Braq: 1965, 3 vols.), Yitshak Hutner,
Pahad Yitshak
(New York: 1970-1982, 8 vols.); and the collected
essays of Joseph B. Soloveichik in
Al ha-teshuvah
1975) and
Be-sod ha-yahid veha-yahad
(Jerusalem: 1976), has been
are subsumed significant rabbinic works
that do not properly belong to any of the previous categories. Sol­
omon J. Zevin,
Ha-moadim ba-halakhah
(Jerusalem: 1944), has
been reprinted so often that it is surely a classic work. It cuts
across such categories as talmudic commentary, codes and
commentary, and responsa literature. Arranging rabbinic mate­
rial through the ages according to the festivals, it may be the
single most popular twentieth century halakhic work among rab­
binic scholars. On an even more popular level, Eliyahu Kitov,
Sefer ha-todaah
(Jerusalem: 1963) has served as a kind of
tion Please Almanac
about rabbinic Judaism for anyone who could
read Hebrew. In the realm of Jewish historiography, mention
should be made of Naftali Y. Cohen,
Otsar ha-gedolim
1967-1970,9 vols.), an ambitious attempt to present brief biogra­
phies of all rabbinic authorities from the Geonic period until the
close of the sixteenth century.
Hagiography abounds in the post-Holocaust rabbinic bio­
graphical literature. Nonetheless, some of the biographies are
well-documented and make for engaging reading, e.g.,
Shelomoh Cohen, ed.,
P e ’er ha-dor: peraqim me-hayyav
. . .
shel baal
Hazon ish
(Bnei Braq, 1966-1973, 5 vols.). Among the classic
works in Jewish bibliography are M. Kasher and Jacob B.