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this was the oldest poetry known. In his translation o f the Song o f
Songs, he rejected the allegorical interpretation o f both Jews and
Christians and recognized it as love poetry.
L e o L . H o n o r .
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Russia, June 1, 1894,
died in Philadelphia in 1956. At various times he was active in the
bureaus o f Jewish education in New York, Chicago, and Philadel­
phia, serving at the end o f his life as professor o f Jewish education
at Dropsie College. Trained as a biblical scholar, he wrote his thesis
on
Sennacherib's Invasion ofPalestine, a Critical Source Study
(1926). He
also contributed a commentary on the First Book o f Kings to the Bi­
ble commentary series sponsored by the Union of American He­
brew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rab­
bis in 1955. Posthumously there appeared
Selected Writings
(1965).
A a r o n A b r a h a m K a b a k .
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Smorgon,
Russia, in 1880, died inJerusalem, November 18, 1944. In Palestine
since 1921, he wrote Hebrew novels with contemporary back­
grounds, reflecting his strong Zionist commitment, so that many he­
roes o f his stories come to see the light and reject assimilation. In En­
glish translation there appeared
The Narrow Path: theMan ofNazareth
(1968), a novel about Jesus, and
Shlomo Molho
(1973), a historical
novel about the messianic pretender.
S o l o m o n K e r s t e i n .
25th anniversary o f death. Born in Antwerp, Bel­
gium, in 1901, died in New York, May 15, 1969. Trained in tradi­
tional Judaism, he took a great interest in the Mizrachi Organiza­
tion, while at the same time serving as executive o f the Bloch Pub­
lishing Company, a major Jewish commercial publisher for many
years. He edited its popular book bulletin and also was among the
founders o f the Jewish Book Council, which has been bringing out
this
Annual,
to which he contributed several valuable articles.
L e v i n K i p n i s .
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Ushomir, Russia, Au­
gust 17, 1894, died in Israel in 1990. In Palestine since 1913, he was
one o f the most prolific children’s authors in Hebrew. In English
translation there appeared
David the Boy and Goliath the Giant
(1958)
and
My Holidays
(1974).
A l e x a n d e r K o h u t .
100th anniversary of death. Born in Felegyhaza,
Hungary, in 1842, died in New York, May 25, 1894. Trained for the
modern rabbinate, he served for a number of years in Hungarian
congregations before coming to this country, where he served as
rabbi in New York and was active in the Jewish Theological Semi­
nary o f America. His Conservative religious position is exemplified
by
The Ethics of the Fathers
(1885, 1920). His major work, however,
is an edition o f a medieval talmudic dictionary by the 1lth-century
scholar, Nathan ben Jehiel. He also wrote
“Light of Shade and Lamp