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WEINER /JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES, 1994
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country in 1915, where he served as a teacher of Hebrew, eventually
heading the Teachers’ Institute at Yeshiva University. Active in the
Mizrachi movement, he became one of the principal founders of
Bar-Ilan University in Israel, serving as its first president. In addi­
tion to Hebrew and Yiddish studies and articles on Jewish subjects
he also wrote a commentary on
TargumJonathan to the Prophets
(1927,
1980).
H e r m a n D i c k e r .
80th birthday. Born in Jusina, Hungary, January 30,
1914. Trained as an Orthodox rabbi in Germany, he came to this
country in 1938, eventually becoming an army chaplain. Upon re­
tirement from the army, he became reference librarian at theJewish
Theological Seminary o f America. His service in the Far East is re­
flected in
Wanderers and Settlers in the Far East: a Century ofJewish Life
in China andJapan
(1962). His birthplace is recalled in
Piety and Per­
severance: Jews from the Carpathian Mountains
(1981).
Creativity, Holo­
caust, Reconstruction: Jewish Life in Wuerttemberg, Past and Present
(1984) deals with his home in Germany before the Holocaust.
J a c o b D i n e s o n .
75th anniversary of death. Born in a village near Kau­
nas, Lithuania, in 1856, died in Warsaw, Poland, August 29, 1919.
In his early career he wrote both in Hebrew and Yiddish, but later
wrote only in Yiddish novels o f a sentimental character that proved
to be very popular. He also was the founding editor of
Moment,
a ma­
jor Yiddish daily in Warsaw. He translated into Yiddish a part of
Heinrich Graetz’s
History of the Jews
from the original German.
A r n o l d
B.
E h r l i c h .
75th anniversary of death. Born in Wlodawa, Po­
land, in 1848, died in New York, November 5, 1919.
A
leading Bible
scholar, his Hebrew commentaries were published under the title
Mikra Ki-Feshuto
(1899-1901). His German translation and commen­
tary to the Psalms and later his German notes to the Bible
(.Randglossen,
1908-1914) are characterized by a fine understanding
o f the language and an original approach.
J
u d a h
B e z a l e l E l i a s b e r g . 150 th a n n iv e r sa ry o f d e a th . B o rn in V itebsk ,
U k ra in e , in 1800, d ie d in M insk , Russia, O c to b e r 6, 1844. A p ro s ­
p e ro u s b u s in e ssm a n , h e was invo lved in th e H a sk a lah , th e e n l ig h t ­
e n m e n t m o v em e n t o f E ast E u ro p e a n Jew ry . F o r th e w e ll-be ing o f
th e c om m u n i ty h e t r a n s la te d a w o rk o n p o p u la r m ed ic in e f rom Po l­
ish in to H e b rew a n d also c o l lab o ra ted o n th e f irs t H eb rew p e r iod ica l
in L ith u a n ia .
B e n Z i o n F i r e r .
80th birthday. Born in Galicia, March 28, 1914.
A
rabbi
in Poland before the Holocaust, he survived the war in the Soviet
Union and came to Israel in 1948, where he continues to serve in
the rabbinate. In addition to works on traditional Judaism, partic­
ularly on the festivals, he also has written several novels against the