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KAGANOFF / RABBINIC LITERATURE IN THE U.S.
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Meyer H. Cohen published a volume entitled
Keren Tsevi
de ­
tailing the o rd e r o f the synagogue service th roughou t the year
and its various procedures. A second edition appeared in 1921
and a th ird in 1923. Oddly enough , no copy o f the first edition
has been located and only one repository has copies o f the sec­
ond and th ird editions. T h e th ird edition was also somewhat
unique in tha t it contains, in addition to the earlier text on syn­
agogue procedures, an extensive commentary on the tractate
Aboth. T h e last page o f
Keren Tsevi
and the title page o f the
commentary entitled
Tiferet Tsevi
are on the opposite sides o f
the same page, although the pagination does not continue. In
the final pa rag raph o f the earlier book the au tho r states that
he insisted tha t the last page o f his earlier book and the title
page o f his later one be on two sides o f the same leaf because
he wants the readers to realize that ethical actions and proce­
dures in the synagogue service are intimately related.
No less than five editions o f the popu lar
Kitsur Shulhan Arukh
by Solomon Ganzfried appeared in New York at this time: one
edition in 1922, a second in 1924, a th ird in two volumes in
1924-1926 with additional commentaries by David Feldmann,
and two others in 1926 and 1927. The last included an English
translation by Hyman Elias Goldin. In 1928, ano ther edition
o f Pardo ’s much abbreviated
Shulhan Arukh SheI Kis
appeared ,
this time with an English translation by Goldin.
At the close o f o u r period, Louis Kaufman published a vol­
ume entitled
Mar’eh la-Da’at
describing in detail the laws o f ko­
sher slaughtering. What is unusual about this volume is that
it is filled with anatomical illustrations o f both cattle and fowl
describing the various imperfections that may cause the animal
o r fowl to be non-kosher. Many o f the medical terms are also
noted in English.
T h e last volume to appear before the outbreak o f the war
was au tho red by Rabbi Leopold Greenwald. Greenwald was
born in 1889 in Hungary and after studying in various yeshivot
came to America in 1924 where he served as a rabbi in New
York and Columbus, Ohio. Greenwald is best known for his
three-volume compilation on the laws o f mourn ing which did
not appea r until 1947. But an earlier version o f this work, en ­
titled
Ah, le-Tsarah
was published in St. Louis in 1939. Greenwald
was a major authority on the various laws pertaining to all as­