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KABAKOFF----AMONG RECENT HEBREW BOOKS
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he evaluated the qualities of men, particularly of the talented and
gifted. He also began here the publication in Hebrew of a chapter
of his German work outlining his bio-philosophical approach to
life. Among the articles of criticism, mention should be made of
S. B. Auerbach’s discussion of Hillel Zeitlin’s unique thought-
system and of A. Epstein’s treatment of the novels and poetry of
the late Jacob Rabinowitz.
Even if one could have wished for a greater preoccupation with
the burning Jewish issues of our times and with a more adequate
treatment of current Hebrew creativity, this volume represents
an outstanding literary effort, which we hope will be carried
forward.
RAV TZAIR’s TOLEDOT HA-POSKIM
A long-awaited scholarly work was Prof. Chaim Tchernowitz’s
Toledot Ha-Poskim
(History Of The Jewish Codes — New York,
Jubilee Committee, 1946-47) in three parts. Chronologically,
these volumes represent the last part of Tchernowitz’s life-
work — an exposition of the history of Jewish law.
Toledot Ha-
Poskim
is a valuable reference work which had its genesis in the
author’s article on the
Shulhan Arukh
published originally in
Hashiloah
, edited by Ahad Ha’am. That article now constitutes
the bulk of the third part, which is devoted to an account of how
the 16th century code became the accepted authority. Many of
the chapters in the volumes are virtually monographs on our
leading codifiers from the Gaonim through such men as Alfasi,
Maimonides, Rashi and Caro. In examining their role, our author
is careful to keep in mind the legal trends of their age. The bulk
of the work is given over to an evaluation of the various codes
themselves in their relation to law and life. By virtue of his
excellent arrangement and historical sense, Prof. Tchernowitz has
brought order into a difficult field.
Our author, who writes under the pen-name of Rav Tzair, was
honored on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his literary
activity with a special number of
Bitzaron>
the monthly magazine
which he founded and edits. The issue, dated April, 1948, contains
evaluations of Rav Tzair’s contribution to Jewish life and scholar-
ship and was edited by Hillel Bavli, Pinkhos Churgin and Simon
Halkin.
AN UNKNOWN MANUSCRIPT OF MAIMONIDES
An event acclaimed in the scholarly world was the publication of
the unknown manuscript of Maimonides’
Hilkhot Ha-Y'erushalmi
(The Laws Of The Palestine Talmud — New York, Jewish Theo­