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perpetuation of Hebrew literature. Its importance is re-empha-
sized by the destruction of the European centers of Hebrew book
publishing. Through subsidies by the Histadruth Ivrith, Ogen
strives to introduce Hebrew books into Jewish homes.
Ogen Publishing Company
, by Mordecai Hezkuni presents a se-
lected list of its publications which include works of poetry, stories,
drama, criticism, science, and anthologies.
The Writings of Rabbi J. L. Fishman
, by Dr. P. Churgin, is a
tribute to an outstanding political and communal leader of the
religious elements in Palestine who has made notable contributions
to Jewish literature. Rabbi Fishman is one of the founders of the
religious national press in Eretz Yisroel and of
Mossad Harav Kook
(The Rabbi Kook Institute), which has published hundreds of
significant books. Rabbi Fishman himself has edited ten antholo-
gies and has written a number of scholarly works.
Abraham Spicehandler recalls
Bikure Haetim Hahadashim
(The
New First Fruits of the Times) on the occasion of the one hun-
dredth anniversary of its appearance. This publication, printed in
Hebrew and German, included articles by outstanding Jewish
writers of that day.
Another article in the series
Curiosities in Hebrew Literature
, by
Daniel Persky, is a fascinating feature for the bibliophile. Persky
has culled from medieval and modern Hebrew literature unique
forms of prose and poetry, errors unwittingly made by authors,
typographical mistakes of printers and various other items which
provide interesting information and reveal the human side of
authors and printers.
Reviews of Hebrew Books
, by Akiva Ben Ezra serves to evaluate
the most important Hebrew books published during the past year;
the author’s information having been culled from various Hebrew
periodicals. Thirteen book reviews by critics are included in this
article. Ben Ezra deplores the fact that Hebrew books are fre-
quently reviewed in periodicals a year or two after publication
and urges editors to devote more space to reviews and to make
sure that prospective readers will not have to wait an unduly long
time for appraisals of new publications.
YIDDISH SECTION
The Yiddish Section includes several important articles on ex-
pansion of Yiddish literature abroad. Articles on the Soviet Union,
South America and the liberated countries show the hunger of
people in those countries for Jewish literature.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Sholem Aleichem,