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Jewish literature. He published several monographs on these sub­
jects, which are considered very important for Hebrew and Aramaic
lexicography.
M a r v in L o w e n t h a l . 2 5 th a n n iv e r sa ry o f d e a th . B o rn in B r a d f o rd ,
Penn sy lv an ia , in 1890, d ie d in New Y o rk , M a rch 15, 1969. As a
y o u n g m a n h e was se n t by L ou is B ra n d e is to th e W es t C o a s t to w in
th e Jew ish com m u n i t ie s t h e r e fo r Z ion ism . T h r o u g h o u t his life , h e
was ac tive in Am e r ic a n Jew ish jo u r n a l ism , also t ra v e l in g in E u ro p e
d u r i n g th e in te rw a r p e r io d to le a rn a b o u t th e Jew ish com m u n i t ie s
th e r e . As a r e su l t h e c o a u th o r e d
A World Passed By: Great Cities inJew­
ish Diaspora History
(1933 , 1990). T h e o n s la u g h t o f N az ism in G e r ­
m an y m o t iv a ted th e w r i t in g o f
TheJews of Germany, a Story of Sixteen
Centuries
(1936 , 1939, 1970). H e also w ro te
Henrietta Szold, Life and
Letters
(1942 , 1975).
S i e g m u n d M a y b a u m .
150th anniversary o f birth and 75th anniversary
of death. Born in Miscolc, Hungary, April 29, 1844, died in Berlin,
Germany, July 31, 1919. An outstanding preacher in Berlin, he
served also as professor o f homiletics at the liberal rabbinical sem­
inary there. In addition to sermons he published a textbook for Jew­
ish homiletics.
A b r a m M e n e s .
25th anniversary of death. Born in Grodno, Russia, in
1897, died in New York, October 18, 1969.
A
Yiddish writer who
had studied in Germany, he helped organize YIVO, the secular cen­
ter ofJewish learning, first in Vilna, later in New York. In the 1930’s
he lived in Paris working on an ambitious project, a general and Jew­
ish encyclopedia in Yiddish, o f which only a few volumes appeared.
Since 1940 in this country, he continued his writings in Yiddish on
the social and economic conditions o f the Jews in modern times.
N a h m a n i d e s , (M o s e s b e n N a h m a n ) .
800th anniversary o f birth. Born in
Gerona, Spain, in 1194, died in Acre, Eretz-Israel, around 1370. A
prominent scholar and rabbi who enriched all branches of Jewish
studies, Bible, Talmud, Jewish law, and philosophy, he was involved
in a religious disputation with Dominican monks in 1263 in Barce­
lona, which although successful for him at the outset, forced him ev­
entually to leave Spain. In English translation we have his
Commen­
tary on the Torah
(1971-76), also
The Disputation at Barcelona
(1983)
and
Writings & Discourses
(1978), including sermons and theological
works.
A b r a h a m J a c o b P a p e r n a .
75th anniversary o f death. Born in Kapuli,
Russia, in 1840, died in Odessa, Russia, February 18, 1919.
A n
ad­
herent o f the Haskalah, the Jewish enlightenment movement, he
graduated from a government-sponsored rabbinical seminary and
was a teacher in a modern Jewish school, for which he wrote a text­
book o f the Russian language in Hebrew. Best remembered, how­