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KAGANOFF / RABBINIC LITERATURE IN THE U.S.
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day o f Rabbi Berna rd Louis Levinthal, a leading rabbi in Phil­
adelphia, which included in addition to scholarly articles bio­
graphical data and information on what Levinthal accomplished
in tha t city. Samuel Rocker, the publisher and jou rna lis t o f
Cleveland, also published several biographical works. In 1927,
he p roduced a Yiddish volume on the famous hasidic Rebbe
o f Sanz, Hayyim Halberstam, and in 1939, a volume also in
Yiddish on several hasidic rabbis o f prominence, including the
fo u n d e r o f Lubav itch , S h n eo r Zalman o f Liadi, Moses
Teitelbaum , and others. In 1928, Nahum Ben-Horim published
a b rief excerpt o f a projected ten-volume talmudic encyclopedia.
It was devoted to the life o f Rabbi Johanan Ben Zakkai and
appeared in both Hebrew and English und e r the title
Hakhme
ha-Talmud .
This study had appeared earlier in 1922 in J e r u ­
salem and was apparently republished in New York in an effo rt
to solicit funds for the projected comprehensive ten-volume
work.
Next in num ber were several works devoted to Jewish ph i­
losophy o r theology. Rabbi Ju d ah Moses Bayuk, who was m en­
tioned earlier, was the au tho r o f several books dealing with Jew ­
ish philosophy and theology. Among these should be noted
O r
Tora t Mosheh
published in New York in 1922;
E lohu t Tora t
Mosheh
published in New York in 1928; and a th ird volume
A ts ilu t Tora t Mosheh
published in New York in 1929. The studen t
body o f Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, devoted
a special issue o f its publication
E denu
in 1928 to Rabbi Solomon
Polacheck. Polacheck was born in 1877 and was, early in life,
recognized as a child prodigy. He was known as the
illu i
o f
Meitschet, the town from which he came in Eastern Europe.
A fter the Russian Revolution, Polacheck escaped to Poland and
in 1922 came to America where he became the Rosh Yeshivah
at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He was the
first prom inen t European talmudic scholar to accept a teaching
position in America and remain here.
Edenu
offers a collection
o f essays describing both Polacheck’s method o f study and his
personality and lifestyle.
During the interwar period, at least th ree rabbinic jou rna ls
made the ir appearance, one o f which has survived until con­
temporary times. The first, entitled
N e r M a a r a v i
appeared in
1924 and was published by the students o f Rabbi Isaac Elchanan
Theological Seminary. A second volume appeared in 1925.