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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
50
entitled
Kamah
, dealing with many of the practical problems
raised by the establishment of the State of Israel. Other volumes
which appeared during the past year deal with the history of
Jerusalem and of various settlements. A number of books deal
with the geography of the land. Moshe Breslavsky’s study
of
Aqabah
(Aqabah, Merkaz Hevel Yami L’Israel) is especially
interesting in this respect.
The reference bookshelf of every library was enriched by the
publication of a number of encyclopedias and dictionaries. Dr.
M. Margolis was the editor of the third volume of
Enzyklopediah
UToldot Gedolei Yisrael
(Biographical Encyclopedia of Great
Jews). The work, a publication of Mossad Harav Kook, was
prepared with the participation of many authorities, including
refugee authors. During the past year the new popular edition
of Eliezer Ben Yehuda’s famous dictionary,
Milon Ha-Lashon
Ha-Ivrit Ha-Yeshanah V-Ha-Hadashah
(Ben Yehuda), con-
tinued to appear. A. Ibn-Shushan was the compiler of a new
illustrated and vowel-pointed dictionary (
Ha-Milon Ha-
Hadash
, Dvir), of which the first part appeared. A practical
Hebrew-English dictionary (
Milon Ivri-Angli Shimushi
, Dvir)
by M. Z. Segal and technical dictionaries of agricultural and
textile terms also were published.
Volumes of literary criticism and essays included the third
part of the late F. Lachover’s
H. N. Bialik-Hayov V-Yezirotav
(H. N. Bialik—His Life and Creativity, Mossad Bialik); a volume
of studies of the poetry of David Shimoni-Shimonowitz
{David Shimoni Shimonowitz)
by Prof. Joseph Klausner; the col-
lected works of U. A. Kovner (
Kol Kitve U. A. Kovner
, Mah-
barot L-Safrut), the first revolutionary critic in Hebrew lit-
erature, and the essays of V. Jabotinsky (
Ketavim Me-et Zev
Jabotinsky
, Eri Jabotinsky) on literature and art. In the field
of bibliography, contributions were made by A. Levinson who
issued a directory of 350 original and translated plays (
Sefer
Ha-Mahazot
, Mercaz Letarbut) and G. Kressel who issued a
second edition of his bibliography of Hebrew writings on the
social sciences (
Madaei Ha-Hevrah
, Merkaz Letarbut).
The contributions to the field of history included a valuable
collection of studies of the history of the Jews in Poland,
Bais
Yisrael B ’Polin
(House of Israel in Poland, Hahistadrut Ha-
zionit), edited by Y. Halpern; a further part of Ezekiel Kauf-
man’s extended study on
Toldot Ha-Emunah Ha-Yisraelit
(The
History of the Jewish Faith, Dvir); the late S. Krauss’
Paras
V-Romi B-Talmud Uv-Midrashim
(Persia and Rome in the
Talmud and Midrashim); and Ben Zion Katz’s
Perushim
,
Za-
dokim
,
Kanaim
,
Nozrim
(N. Twersky), a study of the Pharisees,