Professor David Neumark, Great Hebrew Scholar and Philosopher, Dies
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Professor David Neumark, Great Hebrew Scholar and Philosopher, Dies

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Dr. David Neumark, professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew Union Collge, died last night at the age of fifty-eight.

Death occurred as a result of acute appendicitis aggravated by diabetes.

Professor Neumark is survived by his wife, two daughters, Selina and Martha, and a young son, immanuel Kaut.

Dr. David Neumark was born in Szczerec, Calicia, in 1866. He studied at the Institute fuer## Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin. Among his teachers were Steinthal, Lazarus, Naybeum and Cassel. He received his Ph. D. in 1896 at the University of Berlin and was appointed successor to Professor Moses Steinschneider at the Veitel Heine in Berlin. He was editor of the Otzat Hayehaduth and was for a time Rabbi of Rakonitz. He contributed numerous articles to all the important Hebrew periodicals, particularly to the Ha’Shiloah. He was the author of a very ##laborate work in German, “Geschichte der Juedischen Philosophie im Mittelalter”, the first volume of which appeared in 1907, and the second in 1912. A third volume is now in press. A Hebrew translation of the first volume appeared in 1922.

He was the author of a work in Hebrew, “Toldoth Ha’ikrim B’Israel”, which was published in Odessa in 1912. A second volume appeared during the war but only a few copies reached America.

His “Problems of Free Will in the Philosophy of Kant and Schopenhauer” appeared in 1896 and was translated by him into Hebrew. He is the author of an essay on Creskas and Spinoza published in 1909 in both English and Hebrew. He is the author of a work on the Philosophy of Yehudah Halevi.

He was the editor and founder of the “Journal of Jewish Lore”, a quarterly periodical. He was one of the editors of the annual published by the Hebrew Union College and contributor to numerous scientific periodicals in Hebrew and German.

In the last issue of Hatoren, published by Brainen, he began a series of articles on the philosophy of Hermann Cohen.

He joined the faculty of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1907, where he occupied uished rabbis of Americanshrdlshrdlshrdbmsolfxn the chair of Jewish Philosophy. Many distinguished rabbis of America were among his pubils.

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