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were directed to a society which had not yet reached its full
potential.
Zevi Hirsch Masliansky was born in Russia in 1856. Affected
by the pogroms, he became a zealous believer in Zionism and
traveled widely preaching on its behalf. His fame as preache r
or maggid soon spread. In 1894 he was compelled to leave Rus­
sia by the Czarist authorities and arrived in New York in 1895.
He soon became the most eloquent and influential p reache r
in America. In 1929, th ree volumes o f his sermons were pub ­
lished in Hebrew u n d e r the title
Kitve Maslianski.
(Yiddish ed i­
tions o f his sermons were published in New York in 1908, 1909,
1915 and 1927.)
T h e most prolific writer o f sermons was Rabbi George
Silverstone o f Washington, D.C., who, du ring the inter-W ar pe­
riod, published no less than th irteen books o f sermons.
LITURGY
During the two decades o f the interwar period, at least thirty-
six editions o f the Haggadah were published. Most consisted
o f the standard text with commentaries. O f special interest was
an edition o f the Haggadah with a commentary by Rabbi Gabriel
Wolf Margolis which was entitled
Agudat Ezov.
Margolis was
born in Vilna in 1848 and served as the rabbi o f several Eu­
ropean communities before arriving in America in 1908. He
first served as a rabbi in Boston until 1913, when he was called
to become the rabbi o f the United Hebrew Community o f New
York (Adath Israel), which he served until his dea th in 1924.
The Haggadah appeared in at least th ree editions, the second
being published in 1918 and the th ird in 1924. T h e first edition
appeared in Vilna in 1903, while the latter two were both pub ­
lished in New York City.
In 1927, a Haggadah appeared with a Yiddish translation
together with a commentary o f the Dubner Magid, Rabbi Jacob
Kranz. In 1931, Rabbi Shmarya Loeb Hurwitz published an ed i­
tion o f the Haggadah and Hayyim Hirschensohn, noted earlier,
provided a commentary for a Haggadah published in 1935. An
edition o f the Haggadah which remained popu lar for some time
was th a t p u b l ish ed in 1935 with a com m en ta ry by th e
Monastritsher Rebbe, Rabbi Owshey Rabinowitz, who had