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Lot #    8627
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 12:11:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sephath Zion, Livre de Lecture
Title (Hebrew)    שפת ציון
Author    [Unrecorded - First Ed.] Benzion Taragan
City    Alexandria, Egypt
Publisher    Jacob ben Attar
Publication Date    1916
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 4, 160 pp., 190:130 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the modern cloth boards.
   Advanced primer for yougsters.

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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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Egypt
Other:    Education
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica