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Did the Sages Forget the Hasmoneans

Many scholars have addressed the place of the Hasmoneans in Talmudic literature. The most well-known treatment in Israel is Gedaliah Alon’s “Did the Jewish People and Its Sages Cause the Hasmoneans to be Forgotten?” Another contribution to the academic discussion around this question has been written by Vered Noam and recently published in Zion, “Did […]

Israeli Rabbis and Christmas Trees

Every few years the Israeli Chief Rabbinate seems to think that Christmas trees are a threat to the Jewish character of Israel. The latest chapter in the Rabbinate Christmas Tree Saga began after a Christmas tree was placed in the student center of the Technion and the campus rabbi ruled that religious Jews should avoid […]

Video: R. Joseph Karo in a Global Perspective

Anyone who is interesting in trying to understanding the Shulhan Arukh in a global perspective and in the context of the Ottoman Empire should try and watch this lecture by Roni Weinstein, “Inter-Religious Encounters and the Law – R. Joseph Karo in a Global Perspective” (Hebrew).

Physical Materials in a Digital Age

This is a video of a conference from last summer at the National Library of Israel that addresses issues related to books in the digital age. Physical Materials in a Digital Age Chair: Sharon Liberman Mintz, The Jewish Theological Seminary Presenters: Michelle Chesner, Columbia University In the Footprints of Giants: Taking the Digital Beyond Digitization […]

IBA TV Series: A History of the Land of Israel

The Israel Broadcast Authority has produced a multi-part series on the history of the Land of Israel (Hebrew), והארץ היתה תוהו ובוהו: תולדות ארץ ישראל. From what I have seen it looks like a well-made TV program. Below is a link to the most recent episode (no. 6 of 15) which is about the Return […]

Divine Law in the Container Store

Ancient Jew Review has posted Beth Berkowitz’s comments from a recent SBL session on Christine Hayes’s What’s Divine about Divine Law?: Early Perspectives. From Divine Law in the Container Store. But the story that Hayes is telling is really more about the rabbis, who take a very interesting approach to the problem. Whereas Philo makes […]

Leopold Zunz: Creativity in Diversity

Ismar Schorsch’s has a new book out on one of the most central figures in modern Jewish studies, Wissenschaft des Judentums, Leopold Zunz: Creativity in Adversity In 1818, with a single essay of vast scope and stunning detail, Leopold Zunz launched the turn to history in modern Judaism. Despite unending setbacks, he persevered for more […]

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