Deinard, Ephraim

Published by Jerusalem: [Publisher Not Identified], 1913
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First edition. Original paper wrappers. 8vo. 40 pages. 20 cm. In Hebrew. Title translates to: Be Innocent: A Voice from Zion - To the Delegates of the Zionist Congress in Vienna. " This pamphlet reflects Deinardís idiosyncratic views on Zionist related matters, whilst also promoting contemporary settlement opportunities in Palestine. Havu Tamim was written to coincide with the 11th Zionist Congress and contains three pages of glowing eulogy to Theodore Herzl. This was not coincidental, as the Zionist movement had shortly before deliberately abandoned Herzlís Zionism, a fact that had led one of the founders of the Zionist movement, Max Nordau, to absent himself from the Congress in protest. Ephraim Deinard (1846Ė1930) , was a bibliographer and Hebrew author. Born in Sasmakken, Latvia, Deinard wandered in his youth, collecting ancient manuscripts and books in many countries, and then established a bookshop in Odessa. In 1897 he tried unsuccessfully to found an agricultural settlement in Nevada (U. S. ) . An active Zionist, he settled in Palestine in 1913 where he investigated the possibilities of Jewish settlement. After being expelled by the Turks in 1916 he returned to the United States and continued his bibliographical work. His two most noteworthy bibliographical works are Or Mayer: Catalogue of the Old Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books of the Library of the Hon. Mayer Sulzberger of Philadelphia (1896) and Koheleth America (1926) , a listing of Hebrew books published in America from 1735 to 1926. The first part of the latter work contains essays on the state of Hebrew literature in America, which are written in his unadorned, but typically acerbic, style. He laid the foundations of the Hebrew book and manuscript collections of the Library of Congress with the financial aid of Jacob Schiff. A violent polemicist on many controversial subjects, he attacked Reform Judaism, Hasidism, Christianity, and Karaism. Deinard was a prolific Hebrew writer, producing more than 50 books and pamphlets often signed with his pseudonym, Adir. These included Toledot Even Reshef (1879; a biography of Abraham Firkovich, whom he knew in the Crimea) ; Sefer Massa Krim (1878; on travels in Crimea) ; Massa le-Erez Kedem (1883; travels in Palestine and Egypt) ; Sefer Miflagot be-Yisrael (1899; on the Subbotniki and Hasidim) ; Zikhronot Bat Ammi (1920; a history of Russian Jewry over the previous 70 years) . He also published several short-lived Hebrew and Yiddish journals, among them Ha-Leumi, one of the earliest Hebrew periodicals in America. (Virtual Judaica) SUBJECTS: Zionism. OCLC lists 10 copies worldwide, but none in Israel. Light soiling to margin of wrappers and pages. All text clean. Overall Good Condition. (ZION-10-15). Bookseller Inventory # 37484

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Publisher: Jerusalem: [Publisher Not Identified]

Publication Date: 1913

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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