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ALPHABETICAL LIST
Shraga Abramson. 75th birthday. Born in Ciechanowiec, Poland, No­
vember 24, 1915. Trained as a traditional rabbi in Poland, he came
to Palestine in 1936, continuing his studies both in traditional ye-
shivot and at the Hebrew University. For a number o f years he
taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary o f America, but re­
turned to the Hebrew University to teach Talmud, Geonic and
medieval rabbinic studies. He has edited a number o f rabbinic
texts as well as medieval Hebrew poetry.
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50th anniversary o f death. Born in Van Buren, Arkan­
sas, in 1863, died in Philadelphia, April 7, 1940.
A
Semitic scholar
and active Jewish community leader, he was one o f the most im­
portant figures in American Jewry in the years preceding World
War II. An early work was a
Catalogue of the Leeser Library
(1883),
listing the holdings o f America’s first prominent traditional rabbi.
For a number o f years he served as librarian and assistant secretary
o f the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. However, Jewish
community life beckoned and he became active in the work o f
the Jewish Publication Society o f America. On his initiative the
American Jewish Year Book
was first issued in 1899 and has been
published ever since. He also was one o f the editors o f the
Jewish
Encyclopedia
(1901-1906), a reference work which is still o f great
value. Later he served as president o f Dropsie College in Phila­
delphia, bringing the
Jewish Quarterly Review
from England to this
country. He also wrote an autobiography and a two-volume work
on Jacob H. Schiff (1928, 1968, 1972).
C
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100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Lowicz, Poland,
September 17, 1890, died in Jerusalem in 1972. For many years
he taught Talmud and Rabbinics at the liberal rabbinical seminary
in Berlin, before receiving a call to the Hebrew University in Je­
rusalem in 1936. He published numerous studies on Tannaitic
literature, editing the Mishnah and coediting the Midrash Rabbah
to Genesis. He also edited medieval Hebrew Talmud commen­
taries and the Hebrew translation o f Leopold Zunz’s pioneer work
on the sermons and medieval liturgy o f the Jews.
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75th anniversary o f death. Born in Obersitzko,
Germany, in 1833, died in Berlin, April 21, 1915. For many years
he taught at the Orthodox rabbinical seminary founded by Azriel
Hildesheimer in Berlin. He prepared critical editions o f Rashi’s
commentary to the Pentateuch and o f the
Targum Onkelos,
the best-