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Lot #    17446
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 1:00:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sinai: Anuar de Studii Judaice
Title (Hebrew)    סיני: ספר-השנה
Author    Dr. M.A. Halevy, Redactor
City    Bucharest
Publisher    Tiparnita
Publication Date    1928
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. xxxii, 41-79 pp., 230:155 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original title wrappers.
   This is the first volume of an annual called "Sinai" which has both a Hebrew and a Romanian title page. It was put out by the Societatea de Studii Judaice din Romania. There are articles in Hebrew, German, and Romanian. Hebrew articles include a study on R. Abraham Ibn Ezra, and on Yavneh and its scholars. There is also a section in Hebrew containing book reviews. A Romanian article on the personality of Spinoza as well as a German article on the Falashas are also part of this first volume.

The editor, Meyer Abraham Halevy (1900-1972) was a Rumanian and French rabbi and scholar. Halevy was born in Piatra Neamt, Rumania and studied at the Sorbonne, receiving his doctorate and his rabbinical diploma from the Seminaire IsraMlite de France in 1925. He was also a Diplomate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes. In the same year he was appointed rabbi of Jassy, and in the following year to the Sephardi Community of Bucharest, and subsequently to the following congregations in the capital: Great Synagogue Jewish Center, 1925–35; Holy Unity Temple, 1935–40; Choral Temple, 1940–45; and Spiritual Union Congregation, 1946–63. From 1950 to 1963 he was Research Professor of Oriental, Classical and Numismatic Studies at the Rumanian Academy and Lecturer on the History of Medicine at the Rumanian Society of History of Medicine from 1955 to 1963.

During World War II he was continuously harassed by the authorities and arrested on a number of occasions because of the sympathy and spiritual care he extended to political prisoners during the German occupation. After the intervention of a number of important personalities, including Pastor Martin Niem[ller, and the payment of a ransom, he was permitted to leave Rumania and settled in Paris, where he acquired French citizenship. He was appointed Professor of Jewish history at the Seminaire Israelite de France, and Consistorial Grand Rabbi at the Tournelles Jewish Center, Paris. Halevy wrote numerous works in French and Rumanian, including the Commentary of Joseph Bekhor-Schor on Leviticus (1924), Le problIme des Khazares (1935), Science et Conscience dans l'Histoire de la Medicine juive au XVe SiIcle (1957), and La Medicine des Rabbins-thaumaturges au XVIIIe Siecle (1955).

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Rumania
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew, Romanian
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica