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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 […]

Sephardic Jewish Book Fair in NYC-July 25, 2010

The first annual New York Sephardic Jewish Book Fair will take place on Sunday July 25, 2010 with book readings, author signings, book sales and tours at the Center for Jewish History. Hosted by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF), the book fair will bring together authors and book lovers that write about and enjoy books […]

R. David Tzvi Hoffman

See the informative series on R. David Tzvi Hoffman at Ishim ve-Shitot–here, here, here, here, and here. One comment on this important rabbinic figure. In Alexander Marx’s chapter on R. Hoffman in his Essays in Jewish Biography (pp. 190-191), Marx writes the following about Hoffman. In teaching Codes he would go back to first sources; […]

The Early Achronim back in print

I am a big fan of the Artscroll book, The Rishonim, and I just saw in an ad of their’s that the companion volume, The Early Achronim, is back in print. Any quibbles with some of the biographical or bibliographical information found in these books, is off-set IMHO by the quick reference which they allow.

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel-100 years

from here It is 100 years ago that Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel was born (January 11, 1907/25 Tevet 5667). My opinion of Heschel is far from objective, since I can say will full confidence that I would never have developed the commitment to Judaism and Jewish learning that I have now if it wasn’t […]

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