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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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fifth anniversary of his death, is presented by Rabbi Aaron
Pechenik. In 1862 Rabbi Kalisher published
Derishat Tziyon
(Longing for Zion) in which he urged Jews to seek salvation in the
colonization of Palestine. In the face of many obstacles, he
succeeded in helping to lay the foundation for the State of Israel.
He sought the help of Moses Montefiore, Rothschild and many
others in his energetic efforts to settle Jews in the Holy Land.
Among his other books are
Emunah Yesharah
on Jewish doctrine
and philosophy and
Moznayim Lamishpat
, a commentary on the
Five Books of Moses.
The twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Israeli
Davar
is commemorated in an article by Dan Pines, associate
editor of this daily newspaper. Established by B. Katzenelson, its
first editor, as an organ of the workers, this periodical has always
been a powerful force in all affairs of the country. The most out-
standing Hebrew writers contributed to its pages.
Davar
is more
than a newspaper; it is an institution. A special weekly edition
is distributed throughout the world; a children’s supplement
appears regularly; foreign language editions are issued; and
Davar
is also responsible for the publication of a number of noteworthy
books.
The seventh installment of the popular series
Curiosities in
Hebrew Literature
, by Daniel Persky, is a choice morsel for biblio-
philes. A total of 91 items have thus far been published which
comprise a wealth of odd and curious material. Culling from
medieval and modern Hebrew literature, Persky presents printers’
typographical errors, mistakes made by authors, unique styles
of prose and poetry, and other fascinating data.
YIDDISH SECTION
Melech Ravitch’s article in the Yiddish Section has been ab-
ridged and translated by Abraham Burstein. I t appears in the
English Section under the title
Among the Recent Yiddish Books.
Likewise the Yiddish article by S. Ernst has been condensed and
translated by Jacob Kabakoff and is incorporated in the article
entitled
Among the Recent Books in Israel.
In the article
100 Yiddish Books On Destruction and Bravery
,
part of which appears in this edition and part of which will appear
in the 1950-51
Annual
, Philip Friedman surveys the literature
that has come out of the holocaust of Nazi persecution from 1939-
1945. He selects for comment 100 pieces of literature — books,
brochures, magazine articles — which he regards as the best of
some 5,000 items (exclusive of newspaper articles), which have