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Sephath Zion, Part II
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[Unrecorded] Benzion Taragan
Jacob ben Attar
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
115,  pp., 4°, 224:154 mm., wide margins, light age staining, scattered worming. A good copy bound in the modern boards.
Part II of advanced primer for yougsters by Benzion Taragan (1870–1953), writer, teacher, and journalist in Erez Israel and Egypt. Born in Jerusalem, he received a traditional education at the Bet-Midrash Doresh Zion and yeshivot, learned printing, and began to work in the printing press of E. Ben-Yehuda. When the latter was imprisoned, Taragan became manager of the press, and, after Ben-Yehuda was freed, helped him in preparing his dictionary. Taragan also contributed to Ben-Yehuda's periodical Hashkafah. In 1906 he left for Alexandria, where he worked as secretary of the rabbinate and as a teacher of Hebrew in the first school to use the teaching method of Ivrit be-Ivrit (Hebrew in Hebrew) in Egypt. Taragan took an active part in Jewish communal life, especially among the youth of Alexandria. He also served as a reporter-correspondent for Hebrew periodicals in the Diaspora. Taragan published textbooks on teaching Hebrew. However, more important are his histories of the Alexandria community - Les communautes israelites d'Alexandrie; aperqu historique depuis les temps des Ptolemees jusqu' a nos jours (1932); and Korot ha-Kehillah ha-Yehudit be-Alexandria, 1906–1946 (1947) - as an eyewitness record of contemporary trends and developments there.
Not in Yaari or CD-EPI; EJ
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Hebrew, some French
Kind of Judaica