Page 52 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 8 (1949-1950)

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Abraham Regelson. This handy volume is intended for the
student who wishes to gain greater facility in the use of idiomatic
Hebrew. The more than two thousand idiomatic expressions are
arranged under such rubrics as thought and action, qualities and
deeds, etc. While some of the rubrics appear to be too all-inclusive,
an index is provided to help the student. The value of the volume
would have been further enhanced had the sources of the many
quotations been indicated.
The United Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education
continued to issue its admirable
Sifriat Oneg
, a library of collateral
Hebrew reading, under the editorship of Dr. William Chomsky.
Three new volumes appeared as follows:
Ha-Sefarim ha-Bokhim
(The Books That Wept — New York, 1948), an adaptation by
William Chomsky of a story by Buki ben Yogli;
Hayim Pumper-
(New York, 1948), a fantasy tinged with humor by Ben
Aronin; and
Yigael ha-Shomer
(Yigael the Guard — New York,
1949), a story of the early days of the Haganah by Elsie Chomsky.
The books are written within a graded vocabulary and present
an excellent example of bookmaking and illustration.
Other children’s items included
Em ha-Shomrim
(Mother of
Shomrim — New York, Ogen li-Yeladim, 1948), by Elsie Chomsky,
a story of the heroism of the Nissanov family in Palestine and
N. Kramer’s second volume of
Sippure Noam
(Pleasant Tales —
Baltimore, Board of Jewish Education, 1948), containing stories
of action and moral teaching. The latter, equipped with many
notes, is intended for more advanced students.
Me-Otzar ha-Sifrut ha-Hadasha
(Modern Hebrew Literature
— New York, Hebrew Publishing Company, 1948), the editors,
George L. Epstein and Max Zeldner, have gathered prose and
verse selections suitable for fourth-year high school students of
Hebrew. In addition to selections from classic writers, they have
also included samples from American Hebrew prose writers and
poets, beginning with B. N. Silkiner. The vocabularies and
exercises make the text a useful pedagogic tool.
The Baltimore Hebrew College began to issue a series of bro-
chures containing selections from the writings of outstanding
modern Hebrew authors. The first, entitled
Or me-Ofel
Out of Darkness — 1948), consists of a number of selections from
the first chapters of a novel by Yehuda Yaari. The second,
Avremele Meshummad
(1948), is from a novel of Jerusalem life
by Ari Ibn-Zahav. The series is edited and adapted by Tzvi
Shtock and Dr. Louis L. Kaplan and is issued in vowel-pointed
Hebrew with vocabularies and introductory notes on the authors.