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affairs. An unusual work in English was
Palestinism: Moulding a
Common Country for Two Brother-Peoples
(1929). He also advocated
the use of the roman alphabet for Hebrew, publishing a magazine
and a biography of his father in romanization.
S
chalom
B
en
-C
horin
. 80th birthday. Born in Munich, Germany, July
20, 1913. Settling in Jerusalem in the 1930’s, he edited the pe­
riodical of the German immigrants there for many years. He also
served as lay leader of the liberal Jewish congregation in Jerusalem.
After the war he was able to develop a dialog with friendly German
Christians and published many books on Judaism and Jewish-
Christian relations in Germany. In English there appeared
Hear,
0 Israel: a Mystical Novel of Yitzhak Luria, the Lion of Safed
(1972).
In process of publication is a picture book of German and Austrian
Jewish life before the Holocaust, with text by him, under the title,
The Jewish World of Yesterday, 1860-1938.
N
a p t h a l i
Z
e v i
J
u d ah
B
e r l in
.
100th anniversary of death. Born in
Mir, Russia, in 1817, died in Volozhin, Russia, August 11, 1893.
He was one of the major rabbinic educators in the traditional mold
in the 19th century. After becoming head of the Volozhin Yeshi-
vah, he built it into an outstanding institution, attracting many
students. In interpreting texts he favored the simple explanation,
rejecting the casuistic
pilpul
of so many teachers, who tried to im­
press with their brilliant intellect. As the modern world began to
invade even the realm of traditional study, he did not oppose sec­
ular learning as such, but did not want it to be taught in the Ye-
shivah. He took a benign attitude toward the Hibbat Zion move­
ment. He wrote commentaries on the Torah and edited the
Halakhic Midrashim in several editions.
D
av id
C
a s s e l
.
100th anniversary of death. Born in Gross-Glogau, Ger­
many, in 1818, died in Berlin, Germany, January 22, 1893. He
belonged to the first generation of modern Jewish scholars, teach­
ing Judaism and its history on various levels throughout his life,
finally at the liberal rabbinical seminary in Berlin. He published
various books on Jewish history and religion in German, some
being translated into Hebrew. He also edited several medieval He­
brew texts and translated the
Kuzari
of Judah ha-Levi into German.
B
oaz
C
o h e n
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Bridgeport, Connect­
icut, in 1899, died in New York, December 27, 1968. Ordained
at the Jewish Theological Seminary he eventually joined its faculty
as professor of Talmud and rabbinics. An early work was a bib­
liography o f the responsa literature, first published in 1930 and
reprinted in 1970. He also wrote
Mishnah and Tosefta, a Comparative
Study
(1935 , 1936),
Law and Tradition in Judaism
(1959, 1969), and