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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 […]

New Book: Learning to Read Talmud

There’s a new book about learning Talmud that may be of interest. Here’s a description of Learning to Read Talmud: What It Looks Like and How It Happens from the publisher’s web site: Learning to Read Talmud is the first book-length study of how teachers teach and how students learn to read Talmud. Through a […]

Finally a Reliable Book on the Laws of Shabbat in English

I am often asked by people to recommend a good book in English on Hilkhot Shabbat. There have been numerous books in English that have been written on Hilkhot Shabbat, but I never liked any of them enough to really feel comfortable recommending them to anyone. They either weren’t comprehensive enough, too strict, not very […]

New Book-In God’s Image

Yair Lorberbaum’s important work on the role of the concept of Tzelem Elohim, image of God or Imago Dei, in Jewish law and rabbinic theology has now been translated into English and will soon be published. I have not seen the English version, In God’s Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism, but the […]

New Book: Ultra-Orthodox Women at the Threshold

A new book in Hebrew has been published that addresses ultra-Orthodox women and the changes that they are experiencing in education, employment, and society. The book, Women of the Threshold − Orthodox Women in Front of a Modern Change (נשות הסף: נשים חרדיות מול השינוי המודרני), was written by Bella Layosh. Below is an interview […]

The Migrating Tales of the Talmud

Richard Kalmin’s new book Migrating Tales: The Talmud’s Narratives and Their Historical Context is now available. Migrating Tales situates the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, in its cultural context by reading several rich rabbinic stories against the background of Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, and Mesopotamian literature of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, much of […]

Is She an Eishet Halakhah

In a few weeks, the small number of halakhic works that have been written by women will be increased by one when a new book on halakhah by Malka Puterkovsky will be published. During the past few weeks an interesting discussion has been going on about what title should be used for Puterkovsky. Is she […]

Reconstructing the Talmud Available for Purchase

The new book Reconstructing the Talmud is now available for order from Mechon Hadar. Below is the table of contents.

Review: Steinsaltz Reference Guide to the Talmud Revised Edition

Koren Publishers was kind enough to send me a review copy of the revised edition of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s Reference Guide to the Talmud. Below are my impressions of this important book. Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s Reference Guide to the Talmud is based upon his Hebrew volume מדריך לתלמוד that was first published in 1984, and […]

New Edition of Steinsaltz Reference Guide to the Talmud

A new edition of the Steinsaltz Reference Guide to the Talmud has been published. I haven’t had the opportunity to see it, but the first edition is a must have for people studying Talmud.

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