Page 43 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 5 (1946-1947)

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the recognized master. We have here also textual studies and
papers dealing with biblical exegesis, Jewish history, philosophy,
kabbalah and philology. The list of twenty-one contributors con-
tains the names of the foremost Jewish authorities in these fields.
Sefer Hayovel
continues the high standard of the
which have been issued to honor our great men of learning. I t
has been edited by a committee consisting of Professor Alexander
Marx, chairman, and Professors Saul Lieberman, Shalom Spiegel
and Solomon Zeitlin.
The death of Dr. Simon Ginzburg removed from the Hebrew
literary scene one. who contributed much to the knowledge of
Hebrew literature and to its advancement and a man who pro-
duced many works tha t will continue to live. He returned to this
country from Palestine some years ago to establish the Hebrew
Publication Society of Palestine and America and thereby made
possible the issuing of a number of important books by other
authors. Upon his death, a Publication Committee was set up to
issue his collected writings in six volumes. The first of these
B'Maseket Hasifrut
(In the Sphere of Our Literature), containing
his essays and reviews, has already appeared. I t is noteworthy
that the book opens with three comprehensive essays on the works
of Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, the Italian-Jewish dramatist and poet.
Dr. Ginzburg gave many years to research on Luzzatto and edited
his dramas and letters. Recently there was also issued in Palestine
a book containing Luzzatto’s collected poems (Mossad Bialik
through Dvir), prepared for publication by Dr. Ginzburg. His
work on Luzzatto in itself is enough to give Ginzburg a prominent
place in our literature. He has helped to explain many of the in-
congruities in Luzzatto’s character and to establish his primary
position as the father of Hebrew literature.
The Histadruth Ivr ith of America (National Organization for
Hebrew Culture), the sponsoring agency of the Ogen Publishing
House, has fulfilled a debt to the memory of one of its leading
spirits through the publication of
Sefer Abraham Goldberg.
volume recaptures, through the medium of some of his own hither-
to uncollected Hebrew articles and a number of evaluations by
co-workers and writers, the living spirit of this journalist-author
and prominent builder of Zionism and Hebraism in America. Gold-
berg loved people and it is no accident tha t most of his essays in
the volume deal with personalities. He writes with fervor and
with brilliant insight about such Hebrew literary figures as