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The Seforimchatter podcast is dedicated to the discussion of Seforim (holy texts and works pertaining to them), Jewish (non-sacred) Books, Jewish History and more. The variety of guests include rabbis, professors, historians, authors, editors, and others in the field.For more information or to sponsor a show, check out @seforimchatter on Twitter or email seforimchatter@gmail.com
 
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#63. With Prof. Yerachmiel (Robert) Brody discussing the Geonim of Babylonia We discuss the period of the Savaro'im, position of Gaon and what it meant and included, where the name comes from, the Yeshivos of Bavel (Pumpidisa & Sura), the yarchei kallah, famous Geonim & writings, Rav Sa'adyah Gaon, and much more. To purchase "The Geonim of Babyloni…
 
#62. With R' Dovid Cohen of the cRc discussing his new book, "Alcoholic Beverages: The Halachos of Alcoholic Beverages, wine, and grape juice as they apply in the modern era arranged according to the order of the Shulchan Aruch". We discussed Sherry cask, mevushal, kiddush on grape juice, grape juice from concentrate, light grape juice, Starbucks, …
 
#61. With Mitchell First discussing who Achashverosh & Esther were historically, and the origins of Ta'anis Esther. Most of the discussion is based on essays from his book, "Esther Unmaksed: Solving Eleven Mysteries of the Jewish Holidays and Liturgy". A few of the other chapters of the book are referenced as well. To purchase Esther Unmasked: http…
 
#59. With Prof. Cedric Cohen-Skalli (Prof. of early modern and modern Jewish Philosophy at the University of Haifa) discussing Abarbnel (1437 - 1508) and his new book, "Don Isaac Abravanel: An Intellectual Biography" We discuss Abarbnel (or is it Abravanel?) and his background, an overview of his many writings, the expulsion, Rav Meir Arama's charg…
 
#58. With Rabbi Elchanan Adler (Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan [RIETS]) discussing Anim Zemiros and his new books, " Anim Zemiros: A Poem for All Ages; Elucidating, Demystifying, and Appreciating the Shir HaKavod". We discussed who wrote it, differences with Shir HaYichud, when should it be said, and more. We also discussed his…
 
#57. ** Sponsored by Gluck Plumbing - Service Division. 732-523-1836 Ext 1. ** With Rav Yehoshua Hartman (Rosh Beis Medrash Hasmonean in London and editor of Sifrei Maharal - Machon Yerushalayim). We discussed Rav Hutner, the biography of the Maharal, style of Maharal's writing, Me'or Einayim, what Rav Hartman set out to do in his edition, and much…
 
#56. With Prof. Elisheva Carlebach (Baron Professor of Jewish History, culture, and Society at Columbia University). Discussing Pinkassei Kehillot of pre-modern Europe. To purchase "A Window on Their World": https://www.amazon.com/Window-Their-World-Gundersheim-Non/dp/0878202536 To purchase "Colonial Justice and the Jews of Ventian Crete" by Rena L…
 
#55. With R' Nechemya Sheinfeld discussing the Ibn Ezra and his commentary on the Ibn Ezra, "Daas Ezra" (6 volumes, Mossad Harav Kook) We discussed a basic biography of Ibn Ezra, controversy around the Ibn Ezra's Pirush (Maharshal, Karaites, against Chazal, etc) what Daas Ezra seeks to do and how he did it, Pirush Aruch & Katzar on Shemos, Hakdama …
 
#54. With Prof. Marcin Wodziński (Prof. of Jewish History and Literature at the University of Wroclaw, Poland). Discussing his various books about Chasidus and his Historical Atlas of Hasidism. Historical Atlas of Hasidism: https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Atlas-Hasidism-Marcin-Wodzi%C5%84ski/dp/0691174016/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3O3QZ643L777B&dchild=1&ke…
 
#53. With Daniel Klein discussing Shadal (Samuel David Luzzatto. 1800 - 1865) and his new translation of Shadal on Chumash. We discussed the biography of Shadal, his works, his opinion about Koheles & the Zohar (Kabbolah), his Chumash translation & Pirush, Dan's translations and what went into producing them, the introduction to each volume, the fo…
 
#52. With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel (E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature, and Law at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University) discussing Rashi on Shas. We discuss various aspects of Rashi: Different Mahaduros, the order Rashi wrote, Rashbam & Rivan, Rashi on Rif & Ein Yaakov, and much more…
 
#51. With Rav Aaron Lopiansky (R'Y Yeshiva of Greater Washington, Tiferes Gedalyahu in Silver Spring, Maryland) discussing his (Hebrew) Seforim & the Rishonim. We discussed his Siddur Aliyos Eliyahu and what went into it; Tefillah L'Moshe on Siddur (collection of Pirushei Rishonim) and what went into it, why he compiled & published it; Sefer Yesode…
 
#50. With Dr. Martina Mampieri discussing her book, "Living under the Evil Pope: The Hebrew Chronicle of Pope Paul IV by Benjamin Nehemiah ben Elnathan from Civitanova Marche (16th cent.)" We discuss the Jews of Italy in the 15th & 16th century, the Pope's and the Jews, Pope Paul IV and his harsh decrees on the Jews (starting with the Bull Cum nimi…
 
#49. With R' Simcha Lauer discussing his book, " Learning the News: Halachic Perspectives on Current Events". We discuss Gedolim's outlook on reading the news, how he approached writing the book, and a few examples from the book. To purchase the book: https://mosaicapress.com/product/learning-the-news/…
 
#48. With R' Alex Hool discussing his new book, "Pharaoh: Biblical History, Egypt, And the Missing Millennium" about the biblical Pharaoh. R' Hool explains the background of the Egyptian dynasties, his hypothesis, who was the biblical pharaoh and who was the pharaoh at the time of Yosef, and much more. We also discuss his first book, "The challenge…
 
#47. With Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman (Judge Abraham Lieberman Professorship in Hebrew & Judaic studies at NYU) discussing Chanukah and its historical sources. We discussed 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees, Megillas Ta'anis, Megillas Antiochus, Josephus, Josippon, and more. Their history, who wrote them & when were they written, Nes Pach Shemen, and more.…
 
#46. With R' Moshe Kravetz discussing Rav Ovadiah Sforno: His life and works. R' Kravetz edited and published critical editions of the Sforno on Chumash, various of his Seforim on Nach, Avos, shiurim of a Talmid on Chumash and Tehillim. We discussed the Sforno's life, how to pronounce his name, Italian jewry, his Seforim, Ohr Amim (which the Sforno…
 
#45. With Prof. Joseph Davis (Prof. of Jewish Thought, Gratz College) discussing the Tosfos Yom Tov (Rav Yom Tov Lipmann Heller ZT'L) and his biography of him, "Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller: Portrait of a Seventeenth-Century Rabbi" We discussed his life, Prague in the 16th & 17th centuries, relationship with Maharal & Shelah, his imprisonment & release, …
 
#44. With Dr. Steve Weiss of LA discussing Pirkei Avos and his Bibliography of it. We alos discuss his vast collection of "every" Sefer published on Pirkei Avos, other topics he collects on, cholera & judaism, and more. For a copy of the bibliography please email Dr. Weiss: Avotmaven@gmail.comBy Seforimchatter
 
#43. With Prof. Joanna Weinberg (Professor Emerita in early modern Jewish history and Rabbinics, University of Oxford and Hebrew lecturer at Exeter College, Oxford) discussing Azariah De' Rossi (Min HaAdumin) and his work, "Me'or Enayim". We discussed his biography, Philo of Alexandria, Rav Yehuda Moscato, the Maharal, and many more. Also discussed…
 
#41. With Prof. Clémence Boulouque (Carl and Bernice Witten Assistant Professor in Jewish and Israel studies at Columbia University) discussing Rav Elia Benamozegh and her newly published book about him, "Another Modernity: Elia Benamozegh 's Jewish Universalism ". We discuss his printing press, the ban on Eim LaMikra, his french disciple Aimé Pall…
 
#40. With Prof. Pawel Maciejko (associate professor of history and Leonard and Helen R. Stulman chair of Classical Jewish Religion, Thought, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University) discussing Rav Yonason Eybeschutz and the "Emden-Eybeschutz" controversy, and Prof. Maciejko's forthcoming book on the topic. We discuss Rav Yaakov Emde, Rav Yonason's …
 
#39. With Prof. Steven Nadler (William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) discussing Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel., and the biography that Prof. Nadler wrote, "Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam". To purchase the book: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300224108/men…
 
#38. With Dr. Morris Faierstein discussing the Ze'enah U-Re'enah and his new 2 volume english translation. (De Gruyter, 2018) We discuss the author (Rav Yitzchak ben Yaakov of Yanov), various editions, number of editions, why it became to be known as a work for "simpletons", Yiddish seforim, and much more. To purchase the book: https://www.amazon.c…
 
#37. With Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein discussing his book, "God versus Gods: Judaism in the age of Idolatry" which discusses Avodah Zarah in Tanach. The book also includes a comprehensive encyclopedia of all the various Avodah Zarah mentioned in Tanach. To purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/G-d-Versus-Gods-Judaism-Idolatry/dp/1946351466 To purc…
 
#36. With Rabbi Mordechai Lebhar (Rosh Kollel of LINK Kollel in LA) discussing Machin Magen Avot and the various Seforim he has published. Shu's Rav Chaim Dovid Serero, Chachmei Castille Al HaTorah, Shita Ktav Yad on Mesechet Yoma from Rav Avraham Ibn Musah, amd his own sefeorim, Magen Avot (Moroccan Minhagim). We also discussed the authors and var…
 
#35. With Prof. Sara Reguer (Chair of Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College) discussing her book, "My Father's Journey: A Memoir of Lost Worlds of Jewish Lithuania". We discuss her grandfather, Rav Simcha Zelig Reguer ZT'L Av Beis Din of Brisk, Rav Chaim Soloveitchik ZT'L, her father's time in the yeshiva world and more. We also mentioned Rav Moshe So…
 
#33. With Dan Rabinowitz (of the Seforim Blog) discussing his book "The Lost Library: The Legacy of Vilna's Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust". We discuss Vilna, the Haskalah in Vilna, the Rashash (Rav Shmuel Strashun), Rav Matisyahu Strashun & his library, the library during World War 2, YIVO, the library today, and more. Link to …
 
#30. Discussing the Sefer Shailos U'Teshuvos Torah Lishmah by the Ben Ish Chai, Rav Yosef Chaim ZT"L of Baghdad. The Ben Ish Chai attributed it to an unknown Chacham "Yechezkel Kuchli", however it is now known that he himself was the author. Various proofs are brought in the extensive introduction to the 2013 Ahavat Shalom edition (as expounded in …
 
Live show. #27. With Prof. Eve Krakowski (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University) discussing the Cairo Geniza. Its History, how it was discovered, its uses today, the Friedberg project, the differences between the literary fragments and documents, her book, and much more. To purchase he…
 
Live show. #26. (Some audio issues at around the 40:00 mark, fast forward). With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel (E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature, and Law at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University) discussing the Baalei Tosafos, who were the "main" ones, methodology, style, differnces betwe…
 
Show #25. With Prof. Magda Teter (Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies and Professor of History at Fordham University) discussing her new book "Blood Libel: On The Trail Of An Antisemitic Myth" (Harvard University Press) about the history of the Blood Libel, William of Norwich & Thomas Of Monmouth, Simon of Trent and the trial of the Jews of Trent, the…
 
Show #24. With Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman discussing the Dead Sea Scrolls and more. A basic overview of what they are, who wrote them, the differences between the Perushim, Saducees, suggested reading material and more. To read more of Prof. Schiffman's work: https://nyu.academia.edu/LawrenceSchiffman and http://lawrenceschiffman.com/. To purchase…
 
Show #22. Exclusively for the Podcast. Witn R' Moshe Maimon discussing his new critical edition of the writings of Rabeinu Avraham Ben HaRambam (Abraham Maimonidies), a biography of Rabeinu Avraham, his style of learning, similarities to his father and more Also discussed is R' Maimon's own Kuntris "Ma'atikei HaShmueah" with glosses of Rav Shaul Al…
 
Show #20. With Rav Shnayor Burton, R'Y Yeshivas Bais Hillel discussing classical seforim of emunah & hashkafa, his podcast "The Great Sources with Rabbi Shnayor Burton" ,Tanach, his experience in the Chidon HaTanach, his own Seforim and more To Purchase his first Sefer "Oros Yaakov" on the Avos: https://www.amazon.com/%D7%90%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%AA…
 
Live Show #19. With Prof. Adam Teller of Brown University discussing his new book "Rescue the Surviving Souls: The Great Jewish Refugee Crisis of the Seventeenth Century" (Princeton University Press) about the Khmelnytsky massacres in the Polish - Lithunian Commonwealth in the 17th Century (also known as "Tach-V'Tat ת"ח ות"ט for the years 1648 - 16…
 
Live Show #16. With Joshua Teplitsky (Assistant professor of History at Stony Brook University) discussing his book "Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library" about Rav Dovid Oppenheim and his collection, and his new work on plague. To purchase the book: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/97803…
 
Live Show #14. With Prof. Eric Lawee of Bar-Ilan University discussing his new book: "Rashi's Commentary on The Torah: Canonization and Resistance In The Reception of A Jewish Classic" (Oxford University Press), his first book "Isaac Abarbnel's Stance towards Tradition", the proper pronunciation of "Abarbnel vs Abravanel", his Rebbi and Teacher Rab…
 
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