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December 05, 1980 - Image 10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

10 Friday, December 5, 1980

Encyclopedia Hebraica: a Herculean Task Completed

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ing.
The concept of such an
encyclopedia was envisaged
by Bracha Peli, who in 1932
founded the Masada Pub-
lishing Co. In 1936, the
six-volume Encyclopedia
Masada was issued as a
forerunner to the
Encyclopedia Hebraica.
Remarkably, Bracha Peli at
89 still remains active as
president of the company.

By SIMON GRIVER
World Zionist

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The recent publication of
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Encyclopedia Hebraica
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that they could not fulfill.
The Leningrad Academy
of Science wrote for the later
volumes but, unfortunately,
it has not been possible to
send editions there since the
Soviet Union broke off dip-
lomatic relations with Is-
rael.
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goes on. An index will be is-
sued in two years time, as
well as supplementary vol-
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medicine, history and
politics, which are
otherwise unavailable in
Hebrew.
In fact the encyclopedia
fills a vacuum for inquiring
schoolchildren, as well as
being appreciated by schol-
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letter several years ago
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volumes of the encyclopedia
because they were forever

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Chaim Weizmann was
skeptical when the project
was begun in 1946, that an
encyclopedia could be pro-
duced worthy of standing
alongside the likes of the
Encyclopedia Americana or
Britannica. But in 1949,
when the first volume was
published, he was pleas-
antly surprised and ex-
pressed admiration at what
he considered an accom-
plished edition.
Thousands of copies
were snapped up and
since then an average of
one new volume a year
has been produced.
Today more than 60,000
sets have been purchased
and each volume sells at
130 Shekels ($22). It has
been claimed that the
completion of the project
is very much behind
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past this left a bitter taste
in the mouth of some sub-
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