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with more immediate problems, such as the makeup of American
Jewish education, the role of the rabbi and the teaching of Hebrew
in the high schools and colleges.
A number of pedagogical aids are worthy of note. On the adult
level, two valuable text-books for the study of Hebrew appeared.
They are:
Hebrew Self-Taught
, by Zevi and Ben-Ami Scharfstein
(New York, Zionist Organization of America, 1947) and
Ivr it
Chayyah
(Modern Hebrew), a first year course by H arry Blumberg
and Mordecai H. Lewittes (New York, Hebrew Publishing Co.,
1946). Other aids for the study of Hebrew are the
Millon Shimushi
(Dictionary of Usage — New York, Camp Massad, 1947), a use-
ful compilation by Shlomo Shulsinger and Hillel Rudavsky,
edited by Daniel Persky and M. G. Glenn’s
Ha-Millon ha-Maasi
(The Practical Dictionary — New York, Hebrew Publishing Co.,
1947), a Hebrew-English lexicon for popular use. The Mizrachi
National Education Committee brought out two educational
aids: I. Z. Frishberg’s curriculum for elementary Hebrew schools
and the
Hebrew Kindergarten Manual
by Hannah Harris, Lillian
T. Leiderman and Annette Peikes. Various text-books for chil-
dren were also prepared by educators such as Z. Scharfstein,
Shlomo Marenof and the late I. H. Poliak.
A work on Hebrew grammar published posthumously was
Sefer
ha-Mishkalim
(Studies in Hebrew Philology) by Solomon Rabin-
owitz (New York, published by the familyj 1947). The studies,
edited by Daniel Persky, are helpful for an understanding of
Hebrew and its forms. I t is the au thor’s contention th a t new
words should be introduced into the language chiefly in accordance
with already existing linguistic forms. He makes the most fruitful
application of this principle in his discussion of Hebrew medical
terms. The volume is introduced by a tribute to Rabinowitz
from the pen of the editor. Another volume honoring a Hebrew
teacher and worker was
Barkai
, issued by the Hebrew society of
th a t name in memory of Benjamin Hirsh, one of its founders and
leading spirits.
In the field of
belles-lettres
only a few books have appeared.
Reuben Wallenrod’s
K i Fanah Yorn
(The Day Wanes — New
York, Ohel; Tel Aviv, M. Newman, 1946) is a realistic novel
which depicts American Jewish life against the background of a
summer hotel in the Catskills. I ts central figure, Leo Halper,
came to America in his youth with the ambition to engage in
farming, only to end up in the hotel business. During the summer
season he comes into contact with various Jewish types — intel-
lectuals, card-playing women and young people in search of a
good time. But during the long winter months he has time to
ponder and reflect, to compare his own changing life and th a t of