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Guido (Gad) Tedeschi at Eighty: A Tribute*

  • Izhak Englard


The sages held that part of a man's praise is told in his presence and all of it in his absence (BT Eruvin 18b). Even as Prof. Tedeschi sits before us in his valour – for so our sages have designated the age of four-score – I am well aware that he has no desire for eulogies and that he is a man who shuns honours. Indeed, only the entreaties of his students and friends moved him – with great difficulty – to participate in this festive meeting of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities. His valour is in his humility. This is the man and such has always been his chosen path. As I know him and respect him – and, I admit without shame, also love him – I shall, in deference to him, conduct myself in strictest accordance with the dictate of the sages and shall sing but the smallest part of his praises. Nevertheless, we owe it to ourselves to give an accounting of the work of this great jurist from whose well we have quaffed and who, as a rising spring, is as prolific today as in his youth.



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Address presented at a symposium of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in honour of Prof. G. Tedeschi, Jerusalem, June 18, 1987.



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1 Uno Statuto della Comunità di Rovigo”, in Scritti in memoria di A. Milano (1970) 36 Rassegna mensile di Israel 415440 .

2 Administrative Contracts” (1982) 12 Mishpatim 227247 .

3 Siamo noi Europei?” (1955) 21 Rassegna mensile di Israel 164169 ; “Are We Europeans?” Jerusalem Post, 16 Sept. 1955 .

4 Qualche aspetto della società israeliana” (1956) 22 Rassegna mensile di Israel 147157 .

5 For a bibliography see this issue, infra p. 256.

6 “Negozi giuridici incompatibili” (1929) Archivio Giuridico .

7 Annuario di diritto comparato e di studi legislativi (1932).

8 Velicogna, N. Gridelli, “Una ricerca di sociologia del diritto in Italia negli anni trenta” (1981) 8 Sociologia del diritto 71 .

9 The Hebrew version was first published in 1952; the English version appeared in Studies in Israel Law (Jerusalem, 1960) 122 .

10 Ibid., at 1, 2.

11 This version appears only in the Hebrew article. In the English text (p. 22, n. 26), the words “In accordance with our request”, indicating Prof. Tedeschi's initiative in this matter, are omitted.

12 (1986) 11 Iyunei Mishpat 181206 .

13 The reverse of what is stated in BT Succah, 53.

14 (Jerusalem, 1966) Vol. 16, pp. 11–54.

15 Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Proceedings (Jerusalem, 1964, in Hebrew) Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 22 ; also in (1962) Malaya L.R. 233-253.

16 Studies in Law in Memory of Abraham Rosenthal (Jerusalem, 1964, in Hebrew) 282331 .

17 (1966) 1 Is.L.R. 513538 ; also in (1967) Journal of Family Law 465495 .

18 Zeitsov v. Katz (1986) 40(ii) P.D. 85. See Heyd, “Are ‘Wrongful Life’ Claims Philosophically Valid?” in this issue, infra p. 574.

19 Is.L.R., supra n. 17, at 530.

20 “… letting it suffice that we have mentioned cursorily that we do not claim everything as being equally admirable in a man so admirable on the whole. For we do not want it to seem as if we meant to write an obituary notice.” Manzoni, A., The Betrothed, translated by Colquhoun, A. (London, 1952) 300 .

* Address presented at a symposium of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in honour of Prof. G. Tedeschi, Jerusalem, June 18, 1987.

Guido (Gad) Tedeschi at Eighty: A Tribute*

  • Izhak Englard


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