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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: — Michelle Chesner (@hchesner) November 13, 2015 If you have the money, a complete Bomberg Talmud […]

A Thousand Year-Old Sheet from Torah Scroll

Michelle Chesner, the Librarian for Jewish Studies at Columbia University, has posted on Facebook a link the auction site of what is claimed to be a parchment from a Torah scroll dating from 10th or 11th century. The following is from the auction site’s description of the sheet of parchment. This extraordinary manuscript is one […]

More on the Oldest Known Torah Scroll

Updated information about the oldest known Torah scroll. [From Facebook]: The rediscovery of the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225, was announced by Prof. Mauro Peran in May 2013 at the University of Bologna. Carbon analysis performed independently by the University of Salento in Italy and the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory […]

Exhibition of Rare Hebrew MSS and Books at Chabad Library

Visit Jewish.TV for more Jewish videos. The Chabad-Lubavitch Library in Brooklyn has opened an exhibition of rare Hebrew manuscripts and books, Ginzei Seforim. Among the gems that are on display are the following pages from Rashi on the Torah and an edition of the Talmud that were printed in Spain before the expulsion. Information about […]

Sussman Catalogue of Talmud MSS Online

The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society, associated with the Friedberg Genizah Project, has just posted online in PDF format Yaakov Sussman’s Thesaurus of Talmudic Manuscripts. “The Thesaurus of Talmudic Manuscripts” is a catalog of all manuscripts in the word that can possibly be found, of Mishna, Tosefta, Talmud Yerushalmi, Talmud Bavli and Rif. This major project […]

The History of Nachmanides’s Commentary on the Torah

The Musaf Shabbat of Makor Rishon has a very interesting book review (Hebrew) of what looks like a fascinating book. Yosef Ofer and Yehonatan Jacobs have published a book that examines the history of Ramban’s commentary on the Torah. Previous scholars had noticed additions to his commentary that Nachmanides added later, specifically those which were […]

British Library’s Hebrew MSS to be Digitized

The world of manuscript studies is changing constantly, with more and more MSS becoming as accessible as the nearest Internet connection. The British Library, formerly part of the British Museum, has begun digitizing their collection of 1250 Hebrew MSS. The goal is to have them all available and on-line in three years. This summer saw […]

The Cairo Geniza and Indic Languages

Just when you thought that you had heard about the most interesting document to be found in the Cairo Geniza, try this on for size. The blog Jabal al-Lughat has posted about a few Geniza fragments that seem to contain writing from a possibly unknown Indic language. (Hat tip to Shamma Boyarin on Twitter.) [The] […]

Pictures of the Oldest Sefer Torah

Below are some pictures of what is possibly the oldest Sefer Torah. The pictures are from this article from the Huffington Post in Italian and the Ansa news agency. HT to the person who discovered the Sefer Torah, Mauro Perani, who posted a link on Facebook.

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