SHIMEN BERNFELD (January 7, 1860-March 8, 1940)
He was born in Stanislavov, eastern Galicia. He was the son of a follower of the Jewish Enlightenment and Hebrew teacher. He was one of the first to introduce into Hebrew writings scholarly research of a modern sort, and he was the author of dozens of important works in the “science of Judaism.” For a certain period of time, he wrote in Yiddish and published in Yud (Jew), such as his “Dos folk un zayn inteligents” (The people and their intelligence) 2 (Warsaw, 1900); Fraynd (Friend), such as “Borekh shpinoza” (Baruch Spinoza) (St. Petersburg, 1904); and Dos lebn (The life), such as “Rebeynu moyshe ben maymon” (Rabenu Moshe ben Maimon [Maimonides]) 1 (Warsaw, 1905), among others. On March 8, 1940, at the age of eighty, he died in Berlin.
Sources: Gershom Bader, Medina veḥakhameha (The state and its sages) (New York, 1934), p. 152; Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1; Dr. M. Reyzin, Groyse yidn vos ikh hob gekent (Great Jews whom I have known) (New York, 1950), p. 277; Dr. Zvi Wislavsky, Yeḥidim beshut harabim (Individuals in the public domain) (New York, 1943), p. 233; Kh. Vayner, in Tsukunft (New York) (July 1930).
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