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WIENER /JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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are explored, with hope expressed for a new life in a restored
Zion.
E
l ie z e r
S
t e i n m a n
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Obodovka, Rus­
sia, in 1892, died in Tel-Aviv, in 1970. Active in Hebrew and Yid­
dish journalism in Poland after the Russian revolution, he came
to Tel-Aviv in 1924. His literary work in fiction and non-fiction
has been published in many volumes. His principal interest was
to bring the modern Israeli generation closer to the Jewish sources
particularly through numerous volumes presenting the history and
message o f Hasidism in various parts o f Eastern Europe. Among
other works he wrote a book about the Baal Shem Tov, the founder
o f Hasidism, that went through several editions.
A
b r a h a m
S
t e r n
.
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Suwalki, Poland,
in 1907, died in Tel-Aviv February 12, 1942. In Palestine since
1925, he was active in the Haganah, but was impatient with their
policy o f restraint during World War II. He joined the Irgun,
headed by Menahem Begin, but then broke away because o f his
conviction that it was still not radical enough in opposing the Brit­
ish administration. Eventually he was killed. His poems were pub­
lished posthumously.
L
u d w i g
S
t r a u s s
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Achen, Germany,
October 28, 1892, died in Jerusalem in 1953. A poet o f consid­
erable reputation in Germany, he taught German literature at a
technical institute in his hometown. In 1935 he settled in Palestine
and was one o f the few German writers to learn to write in Hebrew.
In English translation there appeared a collection o f his fairy tales,
The Magic Kite-Tail, and Other Stories
(1967).
J
o s e p h
T
e o m im
.
200th anniversary o f death. Born near Lvov, Galicia,
around 1727, died in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, April 26,
1792. A rabbinic scholar o f renown, he is principally remembered
for his supercommentaries on the first two parts o f Joseph Karo’s
Shulhan Arukh,
dealing with religious practice on weekdays, Sab­
baths, and festivals, and with the dietary laws. His main contri­
bution is seen as clarifying the sources o f the laws and the prin­
ciples on which they are based.
E
phraim
E
limelech
U
rbach
. 80th birthday. Born in Poland May 25,
1912. After rabbinic and secular studies in Rome and Breslau he
became instructor in Talmud at the Breslau Rabbinical Seminary,
coming to Palestine in 1938. For many years he taught Talmud
and rabbinics at the Hebrew University, also being active in the
Israel Academy and in the Ministry o f Education. His major studies
deal with the development o f the Talmud. In English translation
the following works have appeared:
The Laws Regarding Slavery
as a Source fo r Social History o f the Second Temple
(1964, 1979),
The