J. H. Berkowitz (1884 - ) schreef Spinoza (A Poem)

The Open Court, tijdschrift opgericht door Edward C. Hegeler en geredigeerd door Paul Carus tot zijn dood in 1919, “devoted to the science of religion, the religion of science, and the extension of the religious parliament idea," verscheen van 1887 tot 1936. Onderwerpen waren onder andere the history of philosophy, Asian religions and culture, education, and contemporary ideas of religion and philosophy, reviews of contemporary works of theology, philosophy, science, and mathematics.  

Men is dit jaar begonnen het tijdschrift te digitaliseren. In het juli-nummer van 1906 werd het Opera-portret van Spinoza gepubliceerd, met daarbij een toelichting en vertaling in het Engels vanuit het Latijn van het onderschrift bij dat portret. [Zie hier]

En het augustus nummer van 1907 bevatte in de rubriek MISCELLANEOUS onderstaand gedicht van J. H. Berkowitz.

Berkowitz hield zich bezig met schoolgezondheidszorg, gezien de volgende publicaties:

Ÿ The Eyesight of school children by J. H. Berkowitz (1920)
Ÿ Sanitary school surveys as a health protective measure (1916)
Ÿ Free municipal clinics for school children; a review of the work of the school children's nose and throat clinics in New York city and conditions which necessitate such...(1916) [van Hier]

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SPINOZA.

BY J. H. BERKOWITZ

[Written in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the excommunication of Spinoza by the Elders of Amsterdam, July 27, 1656; and inspired by E. E. Powell's Spinoza and Religion.]

Scorned by kin; from brother's portal
Hounded; shunning temple-side,
No curse so weighty, no plight so great
To shake his conscientious pride,
Or his lofty soul to humiliate.
"Right is might" in his life's a verity
For, despite oblivious Elders, banning him in rage,
From age to age into posterity
His self looms bigger. On History's page
Is writ of him, the excommunicated
Infidel, the "God-intoxicated"
Sage: He loved, he suffered, he's immortal.

[van hier]

 

Ik vraag me af of de Berkowitz die dit gedicht schreef, misschien de Hebreeuwse en Jiddische schrijver Yitsḥak Dov Berkowitz (1885–1967) was. [Hier op YIVO]