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dish poet. Influenced by the major American poets, Whitman,
Frost, and Sandburg, he reflects in his poetry the landscape of
the northern part of the United States. He translated Sandburg’s
Prairie
into Hebrew. In English translation there appeared
Sunset
Possibilities
and Other Poems (1985) and a brief history of Israeli
poetry,
Israeli Poetry in Peace and War
(1959).
A
sher
P
ritzker
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Berdichev,
Ukraine, July 23, 1891, died in Tel-Aviv in 1958. In Palestine
since 1920, he wrote about modern Jewish thought, one book on
Reform Judaism and another on Hasidism and Haskalah. He also
edited rabbinic texts, starting a special edition of the Tosefta, a
rabbinic work contemporary with the Mishnah.
M
oses
R
eines
.
100th anniversary of death. Born in Lida, Russia, in
1870, died there, March 7, 1891. Son o f a prominent rabbi and
founder of the Mizrachi, he published in his short life several mod­
ern Hebrew works, dealing with the history and culture of Russian
Jewry, and a collection of twelve biographies of modern Jewish
scholars.
A
braham
B.
R
h ine
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Shavli, Lith­
uania, in 1876, died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, August 8, 1941.
Brought to America as a child, he became a Reform rabbi, serving
throughout his career in Hot Springs, where he became a prom­
inent civic leader. He wrote
Leon Gordon, an Appreciation
(1910),
about the pioneer Haskalah writer in Russia, prepared an exten­
sive biblical anthology,
The Essence of the Bible
(1930), and helped
translate Graetz’s
Popular History of the Jews
(1919).
M
oses
S
chorr
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Przemysl, Poland,
in 1874, died in a Soviet prison in Uzbekistan, July 8, 1941. After
studies in Vienna, he taught Hebrew and Semitics in Lvov and
later in Warsaw, where he also served as rabbi of a liberal syn­
agogue. He was active in the life of the community there, being
elected to the Polish Senate as one of its representatives. His writ­
ings are primarily concerned with the history of the Jews in Poland.
M
oshe
S
ham ir
.
70th birthday. Born in Safed, Israel, September 15,
1921. The background for his early stories was his kibbutz expe­
rience. He never hesitated to point out both light and shadow
in the exciting endeavor of the new nation
(He Walked Through
the Fields,
1957). Some of his later novels dealt with historical
themes. In English translation we have
The King o f Flesh and Blood
(1958), about Alexander Jannai, one of the controversial Hasmo-
nean kings, who was excoriated by the rabbis for his alleged cru­
elty.
David’s Stranger
(1964) explores the great sin of King David
in sending Uriah, the Hittite, into battle to certain death, so that
he can marry his widow, Bathsheba. Other works in English are