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as a young man to Palestine, he was a leader o f the Yemenite
community and secured for it special consideration from the Zi­
onist movement in the matter o f settlement and education. He
wrote many articles on the Yemenites in Israel and two books,
one dealing with the history o f the Jews in Yemen and the other
with their immigration into Palestine.
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a r o n
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M
o s e s
T
e o m im
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300th anniversary o f death. Born around
1630 in Prague, died near Cracow, Poland, July 8, 1690. He served
as rabbi in Worms, Germany, and Cracow, Poland. In addition
to sermons and commentaries on the Torah, which have been re­
cently reprinted, he also wrote a commentary on the Haggadah,
first published in 1678 and reprinted many times, most recently
in 1982.
J
o s e p h
W
e i t z
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Burmel, Russia,
January 17, 1890, died in Jerusalem in 1972. In Palestine since
1908, he eventually became director o f afforestation o f the Jewish
National Fund, and later head o f its land development division.
He wrote several books about these activities, as well as children’s
books in which he displayed a love o f country and showed great
descriptive ability. His major work is a diary and a collection o f
letters to his sons.
F
r a n z
W
e r f e l
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Prague, now Czech­
oslovakia, September 10, 1890, died in Switzerland in 1945. A
friend o f Max Brod and Franz Kafka, he followed in their foot­
steps and became a writer. His fiction exhibited an appreciation
o f the religious element, in contrast to many o f his contemporaries.
Service in the Austrian army during World War I confirmed him
in his pacifism. Although never converted to Christianity, his at­
titude toward Judaism was ambiguous. O f Jewish content is his
Paul Among the Jews
(1928) and
The Eternal Road
(1937), a biblical
play, set to music by Kurt Weill and staged by Max Reinhardt
in New York. In 1944 he wrote a successful play
, Jacobowsky and
the Colonel,
a tragicomedy about the flight o f a Polish aristocrat
and resourceful little Jew before the advancing Germans into
France.