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343.] It is amazing that nothing of these anti-Luzzatto writings
is as much as mentioned in the otherwise excellent Hebrew edi­
tion of Luzzatto’s
nor does any reference to it appear
anywhere else.
A valuable piece of information by Zunz is the one devoted
to “Pinchas Elia b. Meir Wilna aus Polen” (
Gesammelte Schriften,
I, p. 196, no. 133). He described him as:
Author of an Hebrew Encyclopedia — the scientific parts of
which have as a whole been gathered from Christian sources.
He began his work (before 1790) at Buczacz, continued it in
Lemberg, Haag, London, Pressburg (1794), further on in Ofen,
and published it in Briinn in 1797.
[Gesammelte Schriften,
I, p.
196, no. 133.
To point out an additional reference by Zunz indicating his
awareness of
K lal Israel
we shall cite his statistical data for the
number of Jews in the world:
The sum total of the Jews is about 3,570,000. In Germany there
are about 336,000 (in Austria 84,000, in Prussia 100,000, in
Bavaria 58,000, in Hannover, Wtirtenberg, Baden, the two
Hessen and the Free Cities 72,000, and in the remainder of States
28.000.). Switzerland 1,100, Italy 47,000, France 60,000, Holland
53.000, Belgium 4,000, England 30,000, Danemark 4,000, Swe­
den 1,000. The State of Russia, including the Asiatic part —
60.000, Poland 1,700,000, namely in Russian Poland 1,100,000,
in the Kingdom of Poland 385,000, in Galicia — above 200,000,
in Posen 68 ,000 and in Krakau 8,000. Hungary and
Siebenbiirgen, about 240,000. Greece and the Aegean Islands
7.000. European Turkey above 300,000. Thus, the total in Eu­
rope is above 2.5 million, in Asia 138,000, Africa 504,000, Amer­
ica 20,000 and Sydney 500.
For a bibliography on the “history and constitution” of the
Jewish people in general, Zunz recommends Josephus, the
works of Jost, Depping’s
“LesJuifs dans le moyen age”
(Paris, 1834;
German, Stuttgart, 1834) and Capefigue, “
Histoire philosophique
des Juifs depuis la decadence des Maccabees jusqu a nos jours”
1838). For the newest period: the periodicals
Sulamit, Der Jude
(ed. Rieser),
Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums
(ed. Philippson),
Israel Annalen
and the
Archives Israelites
(Gesammelte Schriften,
pp. 98-99.)