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DAVIDOVICH, JUDAH LÖB:

Russian Hebraist; born at Wilna 1855; died at Odessa Jan. 1, 1898. He spent several years of his youth workingand studying in Western countries. Returning to his native land, he served his term in the Russian army; later he studied surgery, but had no success as a practising "Feldscher," or assistant surgeon; and after a futile attempt to make a career as a singer, he settled in Odessa about 1885 as a private teacher, remaining there until his death.

Davidovich was a frequent contributor to Russian newspapers on topics of general interest, and in Odessa he was influenced by Asher Ginzberg to turn his attention to Hebrew literature. His most notable effort in that line is his translation into Hebrew of Herbert Spencer's essay on education, with preface and explanatory notes, published, under the name "Ha-Ḥinnuk," by the Aḥiasaf Company (Warsaw, 1894). He also wrote two valuable articles on educational subjects in "Ha-Shiloaḥ (vols. i., ii.).

Bibliography:
  • Ha-Shiloaḥ, iii. 187.
H. R. P. Wi.
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