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scholar of Hebrew and Oriental languages, he established a He­
brew printing press in Berlin at a time when Jews were not per­
mitted to own such presses, and published an edition o f the He­
brew Bible, several Hebrew prayerbooks, and an edition o f the
Talmud.
J
oseph
J
acobs
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in Sydney, Australia,
in 1854, died in New York, January 30, 1916. After studies in
Germany under the Jewish bibliographer Moritz Steinschneider,
he settled in England, where he published
Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica
(1888), a bibliography of English Jewish history. Another biblio­
graphical work was
An Inquiry Into the Sources o f the History o f the
Jews in Spain
(1894). In 1896, he also initiated
The Jewish Yearbook,
a reference work that is still being published. At the turn of the
century he was invited to come to the United States to help edit
the
Jewish Encyclopedia
(1901-1906), also writing a guide to its use.
In addition to his Jewish works he prepared numerous collections
of fairy tales that have been reprinted in recent years.
J
udah
A.
J
offe
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Bakhmut, Russia,
in 1873, died in Riverdale, New York, September 16, 1966. A
linguist and musicologist, who translated Russian works into En­
glish, he was also a researcher in Yiddish linguistics. Many o f his
studies appeared in the publications of the Yivo Institute. He con­
centrated on Yiddish etymologies and on the Slavic elements of
Yiddish and co-edited the first volume of an important dictionary
of the Yiddish language.
J
oseph
ben
M
ordecai
G
ershon
ha
-K
ohen
,
of Cracow. 400th anniver­
sary o f death. Born in Cracow, Poland, in 1510, died there January
28, 1591. An outstanding rabbi and halakhist, he answered ques­
tions on Jewish law from far and near. He was particularly con­
cerned with Jewish business law, for this was the golden age of
Polish Jewry. His major work, a collection of his responsa, includ­
ing also a supercommentary on Mordecai ben Hillel’s commentary
on the Talmud, was recently reissued by Yeshiva University.
M
aurice
K
atz
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Russia in 1864,
died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 14, 1941. In the United
States since 1888, he wrote for anarchist periodicals. In addition
to some Yiddish stories and novels, he translated fiction into Yid­
dish, primarily from Russian. His literary criticism was likewise
highly appreciated.
W
alter
L
aqueur
. 70th birthday. Born in Breslau, Germany, May
26,
1921.
In Palestine from
1938
to
1955,
he was active in journalism
there before settling in London as director o f the Wiener Library.
More recently he has been professor o f history at Tel-Aviv Uni­
versity and an associate o f the Center o f International Studies at