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More on the Afghan Genizah

The National Library of Israel has announced more acquisitions of material from the “Afghan Genizah.” A description in English of some material from their first acquisition can be found here while a more recent description in Hebrew of the more recent acquisitions can be found here. Among the more recent acquisitions are a few pages […]

Valmadonna Trust Library to be Broken Up and Sold

The rumors are true, after no one was found who would buy the entire collection, the famed Valmadonna Trust Library is to be broken up and sold. It’s official! Valmadonna Trust Library sale, Part I, @Sothebys, December 22: https://t.co/nBbHTSyxng — Michelle Chesner (@hchesner) November 13, 2015 If you have the money, a complete Bomberg Talmud […]

Correspondence of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt

Since the recent passing of Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, a number of bloggers have published some of his correspondence. Musings of a Jewish Bookseller has posted correspondence between Rabbi Greenblatt and the publisher of his responsa. Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer has published some correspondence between himself and Rabbi Greenblatt here, here, and here.

Hayyim Nachman Bialik’s Gemara

Musings of a Jewish Bookseller has acquired what may be a Gemara volume that was used by Hayyim Nachman Bialik. Read about it here.

Medieval Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries

The Jewish Museum will be having an exhibition this Fall and Winter (September 14, 2012 – February 03, 2013), Crossing Borders: Medieval Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries. Crossing Borders features a superb selection of some sixty Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic manuscripts from Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries, one of the world’s richest collections of manuscripts and […]

Everyone and His/Her Haggadah

Another nice Erev Pesaḥ program that was broadcast today on Israel Radio was כל אחד וההגדה שלו. The program featured a number of participants, among them Prof. Avigdor Shinan. It can be listened to here. If you can understand the Hebrew, it’s a nice program to listen to while preparing for the seder.

The Book in the Renaissance

Andrew Pettegree, the author of The Book in the Renaissance, is interviewed here. (hat tip) See here for a review of the book. I wonder how the following comments of his relate to Hebrew printing. Q: What did you find most interesting of the trends that you uncovered in your study of the early book […]

The People of the (Digitized) Book

Ynet has an article (Hebrew) about digitized collections of Hebrew books, e.g. Otzar ha-Ḥochma, Hebrew Books, Bar-Ilan, etc. The article addresses how this might affect the culture of the book in traditional Jewish learning and issues which may arise regarding reading digital books on Shabbat. My teacher SW thought about this issue over a decade […]

The Braginsky Collection

Part of the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts is now online. It is worth a visit. (hat tip)

Who Wrote Halakhot Gedolot

There is a disagreement among scholars as to the author(s) of the Geonic work Halakhot Gedolot. See this post for a discussion of the question. I just saw this in a flyer from Mechon Yerushalayim, so I guess that we know to some extent how they answer the question.

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