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A n o th e r b iog raph ica l work d e se rv ing o f m o re th an passing
m en tion is the
Encyclopedia o f Religious Zionism
(Hebrew ), ed ited
by Y itzhak R aphae l, an d pub lished in five volumes between
1958-1983. Many o f the articles a re qu ite leng thy ( th a t devo ted
to Rabbi A v raham Y itzhak H aC ohen Kook is 167 pages long
— a small m o n o g rap h in no way indicative o f th e leng th o f
o th e r en tries) , rep le te with m any details, inc lud ing the lite ra ry
p ro d u c t io n o f the b iog raphees .
Examp les o f add itiona l b iog raph ica l re fe ren c e tools rang e
f rom those devo ted to the living a t tim e o f pub lica tion , such
as
The Book o f Personalities: An Eretz-Israel Lexicon
(H ebrew ), a
1936 “W ho ’s W ho” o f the
Yishuv
with r a th e r un c le a r c rite r ia
fo r inclusion , to those devo ted to th e de ad , such as
The Book
o f the Old Cemetery in Tel-Aviv
(Hebrew ), im p o r ta n t fo r many
o f th e lesser persona lities who were p re sen t a t the b ir th an d
d u r in g the early years o f th e firs t Jew ish city. T h e ed ito rs col­
lected most o f th e ir in fo rm a tion d irectly from th e g ravestones;
the c rite r ia fo r inclusion a re d e ad c l e a r . . .
T h e r e a re , o f cou rse , add itiona l varieties o f sou rce type r e f ­
e re n c e w o rks , im p o r ta n t fo r b o th th e p re -S ta te a n d th e
p o s t -1948 pe riod s , such as statistical abstracts, censuses etc. We
have lim ited o u r survey to those p re sen t in g geog raphc ia l, his­
torical an d b iog raph ica l in fo rm a tion .
ADDITIONAL NEEDS
T h is survey has a t tem p ted to show th a t th e re is a firm fo u n ­
d a tion fo r an E re tz -Israe l stud ies re fe ren c e collection. By way
o f summ a tion , we shall p ropo se the com p ila tion o f fo u r very
usefu l re fe ren c e works, all lacking today. Two a re o f the d i­
rec tiona l type , while the o th e r two fall w ithin the ca tego ry o f
sou rce type re fe ren c e works.
1)
An e f fo r t shou ld be m ade to con tinu e Shlomo S h u n am i’s
Bibliography o f Jewish Bibliographies.
I f this is impossible, th en
a t least a b ib liog raphy o f b ib liog raph ies in th e field o f Eretz-
Israe l s tud ies an d Zionism — p e rh ap s beg inn ing only w here
Shunam i left o f f— shou ld be p re p a r e d an d cu r ren t ly u p d a ted .
T h e academ ic lib raries o f Israe l, the Jew ish N a tiona l an d U n i­
versity L ib ra ry first an d fo rem os t, a re most f itted to ca rry o u t
this p ro ject. T h e basis fo r its com p ila tion would be
K iryat Sefer,
RAMB I
an d the
Index to Hebrew Periodicals,
which to g e th e r would