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Archive for April, 2008

Yom ha-Shoah

As people around the world mark Yom ha-Shoah (see this post by Balashon regarding the name itself), I wanted to say a few things about scholarly research of the Shoah. Many of us are familiar with the classic work by Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945. In recent years there have been a […]

Internet Privacy

I have written before about the problem of privacy in the Internet Age, and things are just getting worse. Over at the informative NYT’s tech blog Bits there is a disturbing post describing how ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) are thinking about possibly monitoring your internet traffic and supplying advertising based upon your internet usage and […]

Oral Tradition is Now Online

The journal Oral Tradition is now online. This includes both the current issue and its archives. (hat tip) One specific issue which will probably be of interest to many of this blog’s readers is vol. 14 no. 11, which has the following articles: Jewish Folk Literature by Dan Ben-Amos The Fixing of the Oral Mishnah […]

Chabad Library Posts 1,000 Haggadot Online

A post to ha-Safran by YD draws our attention to the following press release: The central Chabad-Lubavitch library in New York made 1,000 Passover Haggadahs, many of them rare, available on the Internet for browsing by the public. The Agudas Chasidei Chabad Library has one of the largest collections of the Passover orders of service […]

The Schechter Institute Acquires Two Haggadah Collections

The Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies has just announced the following two acquisitions: 1. The Stephen and Dedee Lovell Collection of Haggadot containing approximately 1200 Haggadot printed between 1670-1960. 2. The Morris and Beverly Baker Collection of Haggadot containing approximately 1300 Haggadot printed between 1960-2005.

Online Yerushalmi Database

The Talmud Department of Bar-Ilan University and the Livin Chair for Talmudic Research are pleased to announce the online publication of a database of sources and parallels to the Talmud Yerushalmi. The database contains references to biblical verses cited in the Yerushalmi, as well as sources/parallels from the Mishnah, Tosefta, Halakhic midrashim, the Yerushalmi itself, […]

The Hatam Sofer and the Pope

With a visit from Pope Benedict the XVI soon upon us, I wanted to point out a reference to a previous Pope in a responsum of the Hatam Sofer. The Hatam Sofer, in a letter to Dr. Tzvi Hirsh Oppenheim of Temesvar written in 1826, responds to a number of changes made in synagogue ritual […]

Evening Discussion of Daniel Sperber’s Recent Books

From ha-Safran The Lander Institute Jerusalem Academic Center will host an Evening Book Review of two recent books by Prof. Daniel Sperber, Darkah Shel Halakhah and Netivot Pesika: Kelim Ve’gisha Le’posek Hahalakhah. Chairman: Prof Avraham Grossman, Lander Institute Dr. Iris Braun, Lander Institute, will speak on “The Dilemma of Halakhic Decisions: Between Individual Rights and […]

More from the Internet Archive

Two more things from the Internet Archive: 1. Dibre ha-riboth [microform]. Matters of controversy, a rabbinical disputation between Zerahiah ha-Levi and Abraham ben David. Published from a manuscript (unicum) in the possession of the Jewish theological seminary of America (here) 2. A Jewish Calendar for Sixty-Four Years (here- It was printed in London and is […]

Substantial gift for Jewish Studies at CCNY

My parents’ alma mater, City College, just received a $10 million gift for the establishment of a center for Jewish Studies. Michael “Mickey” Ross, an alumnus of the City College of New York and a writer and producer for the popular 1970s sitcoms “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Three’s Company,” will give the […]

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