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b'Erez Yisrael
(The Arabs in Palestine — Worker’s Guide); J.
Shimoni’s
Arve Erez Yisrael
(The Palestine Arabs); and M.
Stavsky’s
Ha-Kefar ha-Aravi
(The Arab Village) (both published
by Am Oved). In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the first
Zionist Congress
Ha-Protocol sheI ha-Kongress ha-Zioni ha-Rishon
(The Minutes of the First Zionist Congress) was published with
memoirs by living participants; and
Toledot Tochnit Basle
(The
History of the Basle Program) by Henrietta H. Bodenheimer. The
first volume of I. Press’ topographical-historical encyclopedia,
Eretz Yisrael
, is helpful to students and scholars as is the late
Professor S. Klein’s
Erez ha-Galil
(The Land of Galilee). The
publication of popular vocalized Zionist classics was continued
with selections from Isaac Ruelf, edited by A. Levinson and from
Yehiel M. Pines, edited by G. Kressel. A number of volumes
dealt with the fascinating subject of historical
aliyot
(ascents) to
Palestine. These were contributed by K. Wilhelm, S. A. Horo-
detsky and I. Heilprin. Various historical works on Palestine
included new editions of volumes by Menahem Mendel of Kame-
netz and Yaakov Berav. Among the Zionist leaders honored by
special volumes were Idelson, Bernstein-Cohen, Ostrowsky and
Loewe.
In concluding this survey, we want to mention a number of
useful reference works. Of inestimable value is the enlarged
edition of the
Hebrew Dictionary
by Y. Gur (Grazowsky), con-
taining a wealth of new material. In this connection, I. Avi-
nery’s volume of
Kibushe ha-Ivrit b'Yamenu
(The Achievements
of Modern Hebrew) will also be found helpful. The first part of
Sefer ha-Moadim
(The Festival Book), dealing with the High
Holidays, serves as a companion volume to
Sefer ha-Shabbat
(The
Sabbath Book), which also appeared in a new and enriched edi-
tion. Both were edited by J. L. Baruch. Another volume in the
festival series of the Jewish National Fund was
Sefer Pesah
(The
Passover Book), edited by M. Lipson. The works of Ahad H a‘am
and Mendele have been made available in useful one-volume
album editions by
Dvir.
The rich harvest of Palestine literature, of which only a sketchy
review could be given here, underscores the statement once made
by Bialik that “ the Hebrew book is the spiritual mobile home of
our people.” This statement has never been substantiated in
such full measure as it is now. We can take pride in the Jewish
community of Palestine which is continuing the remarkable pace
of its creativity in the face of disturbances and political unrest.
We, on our own part, must find newer and more effective ways of
making this literary creativity available in the original and in
translation.