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Obituary: Prof. Howard Morley Sachar

H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard Morley Sachar (1928-2018),   Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, and one of the most widely-read Jewish historians of our time.  His THE COURSE OF MODERN JEWISH HISTORY (1959) educated a whole generation of American Jews and his A HISTORY OF ISRAEL was likewise a pioneering contribution. Prof. Sachar's daughter, Michele Sachar, has produced the following necrology, which we reprint from the FORWARD website:

Research Query: Great Assembly/Anshe Kennesset HaGedolah

The Talmud takes goes to great length to establish the number of members of the Sanhedrin HaGadol (70 or 71).  That institution not only served as a High Court but also as a Legislature that enacted various types of laws and regulations.  I have not found a serious discussion of (1) why there was either a special need or a special legal dispensation to create the separate, apparently legislative, institution known as the Great Assembly/Anshe Kennesset HaGedolah rather than relying on the institution of the Sanhedrin HaGadol; or (2) if a separate institution was desired, why it was created w

Query: American Jewish student experiences in Israel, 1967-73, survey

I am at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati on a research grant working on this topic. I hope to be publishing an article based on my student papers and other resources. I want to augment that with insights from an informal survey.

 "Student" is defined broadly to include many post-high school experiences including gap-year programs, kibbutz programs, yeshivot, work/study programs such as WUJS or Sherut Le'Am as well as university study.  

 I am seeking responses from North Americans who were in israel on such long-term programs from 1967-1973.

Re: Research Query: Text of pamphlet by Haj Amin el-Husayni

Amin al-Husayni was Mufti when the guide was published, but it is unlikely that the guide was authored by him: writing English prose wasn't really his thing. I would suggest two possibilities. One is that the guide was authored by Adel Jabre, who was librarian of the Al-Aqsa Library at the time and curator of the Islamic Museum. He is known to have authored a guide to the Haram al-Khalil in Hebron in the 20s and it makes him a possible author/copywriter for this one too. See: