||Collection of charming illustrated children’s stories and playsby leading contemporary Jewish authors bound together. The first story is Purim la-Dov by Aaron ben Moses Fishkin; followed by Shoshanat Ya’akov by Lewin Kipnis; Yaldei Sadeh by Lewin Kipnis; Nimtzah ha-Avedah by Solomon Hillels; Ha-Hidot by Mordecai Michaeli; Ma’aseh be-Avihail u-Sheloshet Banim by Kaddish Judah Silman; Ma’aseh be-Sheloshah Anakim by M. Ben Eliezer; Al Kanfei Nesharin by Mordecai Michaeli; and Avraham Avinu by J. Rabinitsky.
Lewin Kipnis (1894–1990), author of children's Hebrew literature. Born in Ushomir, Volhynia, he went to Ereẓ Israel in 1913, studied at the Bezalel School of Arts, and taught in a kindergarten. After a period of study in Germany in 1923 he joined the staff of the Lewinsky Teachers' Seminary in Tel Aviv. One of the first children's authors in Ereẓ Israel, his numerous storybooks included Pa'am Aḥat (1931), Yeladim ba-Mahteret (1946), Ḥaggai (1949), Alef (1955), Bet (1956), Gimmel (1957), Ẓivonim (1967), and Ḥidon ha-Torah li-Yladim (1968). Later he also wrote children's stories in Yiddish and published, in 1961, Untern Taytelboym. He also edited the journals for kindergarten teachers, Gannenu (1919–20) and Hedha-Gan (1938–59). In 1978 he was the recipient of the Israel Prize for children's literature. A collection of essays examining the influence of Kipnis on Hebrew children's literature was published under Iyyunim bi-Yẓirat Levin Kipnis in 1982. A list of his works translated into English appears in Goell, Bibliography, 105 (index).
Solomon Hillels (1873–1953) was a Hebrew writer. Hillels was raised in Bessarabia, and he served as principal of the Jewish public school of Marcolesti (1902–17). In 1918 he headed the Office of the Federated Councils which was established in Romania to aid the refugees fleeing the Ukraine in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. In 1921 he moved to Kishinev where he was appointed supervisor of the *Tarbut Hebrew schools in Bessarabia. In 1925 he settled in Palestine where he taught in the Mikveh Israel agricultural school (1925–35) and was the director of Beit Bialik (Bialik House) in Tel Aviv (1935–39). During World War II he lived in the United States. His early pieces appeared in the 1890s in Ha-Ẓefirah and in Ha-Meliẓ. However, his best works were written after he went to Palestine. His novel Har ha-Keramim (Mount of Vineyards, 1931, rev. ed. 1951), a realistic portrait of Bessarabian Jewish farmers, won great acclaim. He wrote stories of Jewish life during the revolutions and pogroms in Bessarabia and the Ukraine: Be-Himmot Areẓ (When Earth Totters, 1935); Taḥat Shemei Besarabyah (1942); Arẓah (1945); and an autobiography, Tabba'ot be-Sharsheret (Links in a Chain, 1950). His writings are realistic, and tempered by a profound faith in man. His collected works appeared in six volumes (1950–53). To mark his 80th birthday, the commemorative volume Shai li-Shelomo (A Tribute to Solomon) was published by K.A. Bertini and Eliyahu Meitus in 1953.
Kadish Yehuda Leib Silman, (1880–1937), Hebrew writer and satirist. Born near Vilna, Silman taught in Vilna's first Hebrew school in which Hebrew was the language of instruction, and later directed a "modern ḥeder" in Gomel. In 1907 he immigrated to Palestine and devoted his life to teaching, mostly in Jerusalem. He was one of the founders of Tel Aviv and of the neighborhood of Bet ha-Kerem in Jerusalem. His literary poems, stories, and articles from Palestine (his series of newsletters to Haolam under the general title of "Mikhtavim el Aḥ") became famous. His contribution to the fields of popular ballads, poetry, satire, and humor was also of importance. His books for children include Shirim la-Am (1910); Zimrei Am (folk songs, 1927); Lekhu Nerannenah (70 folk songs with musical notes, 1928); Mordekhai ve-Haman (a play for children, 1934); and Shimon Sevivon (a story, 1937). In the field of humor, parody and satire, he published Massekhet Bava Tekhnikah (c. 1910) and Shas Ereẓ Yisre'eli Katan (a parody dealing with the language conflict, c. 1913). He also published satiric newspapers for several decades: La-Yehudim (irregularly between 1909 and 1927) and Aspaklaryah (1920).