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K A B A K O F F ---- RECENT H E B R EW BOOKS
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Feigin, whose posthumous works were published last year. Prof.
Tchernowitz earned an honored place in Hebrew literature by
the publication of his monumental
History of Hebrew Law
and
was the founder and editor of the Hebrew monthly journal
Bitzaron.
Dr. Feigin achieved a reputation as an orientalist and
contributed also to biblical and historical scholarship.
The cause of Hebrew letters was strengthened by the visit here
of the outstanding Israeli poet S. Shalom, under the auspices of
the Histadruth Ivrith, Hebrew Language and Culture Association.
During the past year the Hebrew youth organ,
Niv,
also resumed
publication.
COLLECTIVE VOLUMES
M
a l a c h i
,
E. R. Yisrael (Israel). New York, Shulsinger Bros., 1950. 224
p .
The Federation of Palestinian Jews in America has issued this literary-
scholarly miscellany on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Jewish
State. The volume contains a representative selection of studies, among the
most valuable of which are the editor’s own researches. Of particular note
is his essay on Simon Berman, 19th century exponent of Jewish agricultural
colonies, first in America and later in Palestine. In addition to articles on
various aspects of Zionism and the history of the Yishuv, there are a number
of contributions from leading American Hebrew poets.
Z
e i t l i n
, A
a r o n
.
Hatekufah (The epoch). Volume XXX IV -XXXV . New York,
Goslava and Abraham Stybel Foundation For Hebrew Literature, 1949.
854 p.
This double volume, with its rich offering of studies,
belles-lettres
and
reviews, rounds out 30 years of publication, an event marked by a special
section which presents the story of the periodical’s inception and influence.
The volume fittingly opens with a section devoted to the State of Israel and
contains contributions by writers in Israel and America who treat mainly
the spiritual aspects of Jewish statehood.
SCHOLARLY WORKS
C
h u r g i n
, P
i n k h o s
.
Mehkarim bitekufat bait sheni (Studies in the period of the
Second Temple). New York, Horeb Foundation, 1949. 380 p.
The author has brought together his researches into the Second Common-
wealth and has cast new light on some of the problems of Jewish survival
during tha t period, such as the att i tude to the Temple, the Samaritan schism
and the Hasmonean rulers. Detailed treatment is given to various books of
the Apocrypha which according to the author were composed in Babylon.
A survey is presented of the historiography of the Second Commonwealth
down to the works of Philo and particularly Josephus.
F
i n k e l s t e i n
, L
o u i s
.
Ha-Perushim ve-Anshe Keneset ha-Gedolah (The Pharisees
and the Men of the Great Synagogue). New York, Jewish Theological Semi-
nary, 1950. 123 p.
In this 15th volume in the series of Texts and Studies of the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary of America, issued through the Stroock Publication Fund,
Professor Finkelstein deals with the problem of the origin and development of
the Great Synagogue, the Society of Hasideans and the Pharisees. The author
offers a reconstruction of the history of the Great Synagogue and of the posi-
tion of the
nasi
based on a re-interpretation of the relevant sources. Appended
to the works are notes by Professor Louis Ginzberg and an English summary.