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K A B A K O F F ---- RECENT H E B R EW BOOKS
ical soul-searchings and decision to make Hebrew education and poetry his
life’s calling are described with singular candor. There is ample material in
this autobiography of the American Hebrew poet Lisitsky for the s tudy of the
spiritual adjustment of the Jewish intellectual to the American spirit.
T
w e r s k y
, J
o h a n a n
.
Ha-betula mi-Ludmir (The maid of Ludmir). Jerusalem,
Mossad Bialik, 1949. 253 p.
The first in a series of works published by Mossad Bialik, this novel by
Twersky is the story of a great figure in the history of Hasidism whose life
as a hasidic “ rebbe” is seen as an effort to give status to Jewish womanhood.
Although herself a symbol of the emergence of the Jewish woman from servi-
tude, the Maid of Ludmir cannot overcome her own inner struggles and achieve
happiness in married life. The book is rich in hasidic lore and is a mirror of
the generation of oppression under Nicholas I.
Z
e i t l i n
, A
a r o n
.
Shirim u-poemot (Songs and poems). Jerusalem, Mossad
Bialik, 1950. 306 p.
The poetic harvest of a restless soul is offered in these poems which run the
gamut of various literary forms and styles. Among the recurring themes in
the volume are complaint against Jewish suffering and identification with
the land of Israel. Zeitlin often draws upon hasidic and kabbalistic lore for
his motifs. In some of the poems, such as his biblical ones, the author is
philosophical; in others he is lyrical and prayerful. There is a good deal of
innovation in this collection both from the point of view of content and
style.
RABBINIC AND RELIGIOUS WORKS
B
l o c h
, J
o s e p h
J
u d a h
L
e i b
.
Sheure da‘at (Lectures on knowledge). New York,
Netzach, 1949. 216 p.
Included in this volume are 16 lectures by the founder of the Yeshiva of
Telz in which he outlines his ethical approach to the study of the Torah.
His two sons, who are continuing to head the Yeshiva in its new home in
Cleveland, contribute the introductory and concluding sections.
F
e l d h o r n
, S
i m o n
.
Ha-Shabbat v ’ha-aretz (The Sabbath and the land). New
York, Pardes, 1949. 327 p.
The compiler has culled various citations from the rabbinic sources con-
cerning the Sabbath and the Land of Israel. The usefulness of the book is
enhanced by the addition of comments by Rashi and later authorities.
F
e l d m a n
, M
o s e s
J. Areshet sefatenu (Entreaty of our lips). Vol. 2. New York,
Moinester Publishing Co., 1949. 396 p.
This concordance, covering the letters
vav-zayin,
indicates the biblical
sources of our liturgy and offers examples of rabbinical interpretation from
the Talmud, Midrash and later commentaries. In his introduction, the
compiler points out the dependence of the Rabbis on the Bible and describes
their methods of inference.
Haggadah shel Pesah (The Haggadah of Passover). New York, Shulsinger Bros.,
1949. 156 p.
A second edition of this colorful Haggadah translated by Abraham Regelson
and illustrated by Siegmund Forst. The introductory notes and the rich
supplement of biblical and rabbinic sources were arranged by Dr. Sidney B.
Hoenig. The music is by Cantor Joshua S. Weisser.
H
e r s h b e r g
, J
o s e p h
.
Pardes ha-lashon (Garden of the language). New York,
1950. 172 p.
The author has listed the various biblical verses which use the conjunctive
vav
in the sense of the letter
shin.
He adduces also relevant sources from the
Talmud, Midrash and Zohar which utilize such verses for the purpose of
interpretation.
K
a s h e r
,
M. M. ed. Haggadat Pesah Eretzyisraelit (Israel Passover Haggadah).
New York, 1950. 208 p.
The value of this new edition is evident in its comments and its compilation
of references divided into such rubrics as Moses, the beginning of redemption