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J EW I S H BOOK ANNUAL
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T
chernowitz
, C
haim
. Toledot ha-halakah (History o f Hebrew law). Vol . 4.
New York, Committee For The Publication Of Rav Tzair’s Collected Works,
1950. 438 p.
This constitutes the last volume of Rav Tza ir ’s life work which he was able
to proofread during his last days. I t continues to treat the development of
the oral law from the period of the rise of the Sofrim (Scribes) and the
zugot
(Pairs) down to the destruction of the Second Temple and the period of the
Mishna.
ESSAYS AND STUDIES
F
e i g i n
, S
a m u e l
I. Anshe sefer (Men of letters). New York, Ohel, 1950. 483 p.
This collection of essays and appreciations represents the last published
work of Dr. Feigin of Chicago whose untimely passing was a loss to Hebrew
scholarship and letters. The work is divided into two parts, treating first
scholars and then writers. The essays are characterized by scholarly thorough-
ness and organization and reveal the au thor’s own wide range of interests.
There are essays on Joseph Klausner, Cyrus Adler, David Yellin, Ahad
H a ’am, among others. Of interest is the rubric containing evaluations of the
contributions of the non-Jewish scholars, H. Zimmern, John M. P. Smith and
William F. Albright.
H
e s c h e l
, A
b r a h a m
J
o s h u a
. P i k u a h n e s h a m a ( S p i r i t u a l s u c c o r ) . N e w Y o r k ,
H e b r e w P r i n c i p a l s A s s o c i a t i o n ,
1949. 16
p .
The pamphlet contains a discussion of the beauties inherent in the spiritual
values of Judaism and makes a plea for their re-instatement in life.
K
o s o v e r
, M
o r d e c a i
a n d D
u k e r
, A
b r a h a m
G.
c o m p i l e r s . M i n h a l ’Y i t s h a q
( A n o f f e r i n g t o I s a a c ) . N e w Y o r k , J e w i s h L i b r a r i a n s A s s o c i a t i o n ,
1949.
96 p.
Issued on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of R ivkind’s service as
librarian in the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, this bibliography
lists his contributions to Jewish scholarship, particularly to such fields as book
lore and folklore. The indebtedness of numerous scholars to Rivkind for
scholarly aid is revealed by the list of works which have made use of his
materials. Included are an appreciation by the compilers and an evaluation
of Rivkind’s work by Mordecai Kosover. There is also an English translation
of one chapter.
W
a x m a n
, M
e v e r
.
Ketabim nivharim (Selected writings). Vol. 1. New York,
His tadruth Ivri th , 1950. 283 p.
The His tadruth Ivri th has issued a second edition of the first volume of
Dr. Waxman’s Hebrew writings in America over a period of close to four
decades. Over one half the volume is given over to a monograph on Judah
Halevi, while the remainder deals largely with various Zionist thinkers and the
relations between Palestine and the diaspora during the Second Common-
wealth.
BELLES -LETTRES
B
a r o n
,
A. L. T z ’hok u-d’maot (Laughter and tears). New York, Menashe Vaxer,
1949. 168 p.
These light verses, translated by the poet Zalman Schneour, offer satiric
portrayals of Jewish Broadway types and nostalgic descriptions of European
small town life. Included are also musical compositions by Nahum Nardi
and Sholom Secunda and illustrations by Israel.
L
i s i t s k y
, E
p h r a i m
E. Eleh toldot adam (These are the generations of man).
Jerusalem, Mossad Bialik, 1950. 287 p.
Lisitsky’s autobiographical chronicle was singled out for publication in
Israel because of its breadth of t reatment and poignancy of expression. The
volume recounts a tale of hardship and sorrowful experience beginning with
the old world and carrying over into early 20th century America. The suffer-
ings of Lisitsky’s father, the au thor’s own adjus tment as a youth, his ideolog­