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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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#149 With Prof. Kenneth Stow discussing the Diary of Anna of Rome and the book he wrote about the diary We discussed Italian Jews, Rome's Jewish Community, who Anna was, how the diary was found, why he decided to publish it, and more To purchase the book: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300219043/anna-and-tranquillo/…
 
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#147 With R' Yaakov Yosef Reinman (AKA Avner Gold) discussing his historical fiction book series ("The Strasbourg saga") We discussed why his pseudonym is "Avner Gold", why he wrote the series, how he got into historical fiction, Sabbetai Zevi, The Inquisition, and moreAv Seforimchatter
 
#144 With Rabbanit Chana Henkin discussing her son Rav Eitam Z'L HY'D, his writings, and the new English collection just published, "Studies in Halakha and Rabbinic History" We discussed Rav Eitam, his Torah & research interests, his Seforim, examples from the book, future publications, and more To purchase the book, "Studies in Halakha and Rabbini…
 
Sabbetai Zevi Series #15 **Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** We discus…
 
#142 With Zev Bar-Eitan discussing his English series, "Abravanel's World of Torah" We discussed brief bio of the Abarbnel, how he was drawn to Abarbnel and why he decided to translate it into English, examples, why Abarbnel's commentary is important, and more To check out his website and purchase the books: https://abravanelsworldoftorah.com/…
 
Sabbetai Zevi Series #14. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** With Dr…
 
#140 With Prof. Ephraim Shoham-Steiner (Prof. of Medieval Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva) discussing Jews and Crime in Medieval Europe and his new book on the topic We discussed Jewish "crime" in medieval Europe, examples of this, how the Jewish community dealt with criminals, sources used, what he answers to th…
 
#139 ** Sponsored by Touro University. To learn more visit www.touro.edu** With Dr. Alan Kadish & Rabbi Dr. Michael Shmidman discussing their new book, "The Jewish Intellectual Tradition: A History of Learning and Achievement" We discussed what the book is about, why they wrote it, what each brought to the project, what they hope to accomplish with…
 
#138 With R' Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer discussing the forged Yerushalmi on Kodshim We discussed if there ever was a Yerushalmi on Kodashim, who was Shlomo Yehuda Friedlander-Elgazi, whcih Mesechtas he forged, who he "fooled" and how, who dicovered that it was a fake and how, and more To read R' Bechhofer's article on the subject: https://www.academia…
 
#137. With Elie Rosenfeld (CEO of Joseph Jacobs Advertising) discussing the Maxwell House Haggadah We discussed the origins and how it started, old editions and translation, updated translation, covers, does the guy on back cover have 6 fingers, and more To purchase a copy of the Haggadah: MAxwellhousehaggadah.com or JosephJacobsAdvertising.com…
 
#136 With R' Moshe Flohr discussing Hilchos Mechiras Chametz and his English Sefer on the topic We discussed the basic halachos, what the shtar (contract) contains, the specifics of the Lakewood shtar, listing each item and the value, the kinyan, the minhag to give the Rav money, early mechira, bedikas chametz, and more To contact R’ Flohr: RabbiFl…
 
#135. With Prof. Daniel J. Lasker discussing the history of Karaism and his new book, "Karaism: An introduction to the oldest Surviving Alternative Judaism" We discussed the history of the Karaites, how they differed from Tzedukim (sadducees), what the believe, basic ideology, how they differ from rabbinic judaism, where they lived throughout the c…
 
#134. ** Sponsored by ARO resources** With Dr. Rebecca Jefferson (curator of the Issa & Ray Price library of Judaica at the University of Library) discussing the discovery, origins, and history of the Cairo Genizah and her new book about this We discussed her new book, what a "Genizah" is general speaking,what "fragments" are, what the Cairo Geniza…
 
SZ Episode 13. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode …
 
#132. With R' Moshe Maimon discussing the Piyut "Mi Komocha" of Rav Yehuda HaLevi We discussed a brief bio of Rav Yehdua HaLevi, the legend of the Ibn Ezra being his son-in-law and the connection to this piyut, when the piyut was meant to be said and when it actually is recited, examples from the piyut, new editions, and more…
 
#131 ** Sponsored by Gluck Plumbing: 732-523-1836 x 1. ** With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel discussing the Ohr Zarua (Rav Yitzchak of Vienna, 1180 - 1250) We discussed the Ohr Zarua's background, rebbeim, chiddushim, printing history of the Sefer, and more To purchase "Peering Through the Lattices": https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/peering-t…
 
#130. ** Sponosred by the Rabbi Binyomin Kamenetzky Torah Legacy Foundation: RBKTorah.org** With Rav Doniel Neustadt discussing Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky's Seforim as well Rabbi Neustadt's own Halacha Seforim We discussed Rav Yaakov's writings, how he got involved with them, how and what he worked on, his own halacha writings, and more…
 
#129. We discussed the origins of the Jews of Ukraine, the current Jewish communities there, anti-semitism of the Ukrainians throughout the years and his book about this, why we should care about the conflict, what we can do to help, and more To purchase, "The Golden Age Shtetl": https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691168517/the-golden-…
 
#128. With Prof. Jeffrey Woolf discussing the Maharik (Rav Yosef Colon Trabotto, 1420 - 1480) We discussed the Maharik's life, his Shu't in general, tshuva about wearing non-jewish clothing (and others), his impact on halacha, dispute with Rav Yehdua Messer Leon, dispute with Rav Moshe Capsali, and more…
 
SZ Episode 12. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode …
 
#126 With Dr. Dov Zakheim discussing Rebbe (Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi) and his new biography, "The Prince And The Emperors: The Life and Times of Rabbi Judah the Prince" We discussed when Rebbe lived, his yichus and family history, his rebbeim, his opinion of Rome and secular learning, who was "Antonious", writing/codifying the Mishnah, and more To purch…
 
#125. With Prof. Edward Fram discussing the Court Diaries of Rabbi Hayyim Gundersheim of Frankfurt Am Main, 1773 - 1794 We discussed what a court diary is, who Rav Chayim Gundersheim was, the position of judge (dayan), the history of this manuscript, examples of the cases discussed in the work, and more To purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/…
 
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#123. With R' Pinchas Werner discussing his Sefer, "Keitzad Seder Mishna" We discussed the Sefer, the Mishna and its structure, Chazal's intention that it be learned Baal Peh, the proofs for this, practical ways to do this and why someone would want to do so, and more. To purchase the sefer: https://www.shopeichlers.com/products/keitzad-seder-mishn…
 
SZ Episode 10. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode …
 
#121. ** Sponsored by Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** With Prof. Glenn Dynner (Prof. & chair of Reli…
 
SZ Episode 9. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 9…
 
#119. ** Sponsored by Cell Signal Solutions. Call CSS for all your in building wireless systems. Specializing in ARCS, ERCES and Cellular DAS. Give them a call: 732-289-0388 or www.cellsignalsolutions.com** With Eli Rubin discussing Rabbi Shmuel Schneerson of Lubavitch ("Maharash," 1834 - 1882) We discussed the bio of Maharash, the Zemach Zedek, th…
 
SZ Episode 8. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 8…
 
#117. With Prof. Rena Lauer discussing the Jews of (Venetian) Crete We discussed Crete, the Jews of Crete, Candia, Taqqanot Candia, interaction between Jews and the secular court system, and more To purchase, "Colonial Justice and the Jews of Venetian Crete": https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/13803.html…
 
SZ Episode 7. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 7…
 
#115. ** Sponsored by the new Rabbi Juravel comic book series. to purchase Falsely Accused: click Here to purchase Shugashvili's Secret: click Here to contact the artist: click Here ** With R' Manes Blumenfrucht discussing the Kosher Milk Controversy of America and his new Sefer Chalav Treifah regarding the controversy We discussed the controversy …
 
SZ Episode 6. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 6…
 
#113. With Rabbi Yehuda Keilson discussing the Derashos HaRan and his new English translation We discussed the Derashos HaRan, whether the Ran really wrote it, style, examples, what went into translating it and why did he translate it, and more. To purchase the new English edition of the Derashos HaRan Vol 1: https://www.artscroll.com/Books/9781422…
 
SZ Episode 5. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 5…
 
#111. With Prof. David Fraser (Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of Nottingham) discussing Anti-Shechita Prosecutions between 1855 - 1913 and his book on the subject We discussed a few of the cases, histoyr and reasoning for the anti-shechita movement, anti-semitism, and more To purchase the book: https://www.academicstudiespress…
 
SZ Episode 4. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 4…
 
#109. With Prof. Emile Schrijver (General Director of the Jewish Historical Museum and the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam and Prof. at the University of Amsterdam) discussing Jewish Book Culture and the history of the Jewish Book We discussed Jewish Manuscripts, history of printing, manuscripts since print, and much more.…
 
SZ Episode 3. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 3…
 
SZ Episode 2. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Episode 2…
 
#105. **Sponsored by Koren Publishers. Check out their website for some amazing Chanukah deals including the Noé Edition Hebrew/English Shas, starting at just $1000 or visit your local Jewish bookstore for 25% off all books from Koren. www.korenpub.com some amazing special offers for Chanukah! ** With Prof. Malka Simkovich (Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewi…
 
SZ Series Episode 1. ** Corporate sponsor of the series Gluck Plumbing: For all your service needs big or small in NJ with a full service division, from boiler change outs, main sewer line snake outs, camera-ing main lines, to a simple faucet leak, Gluck Plumbing Service Division has you covered. Give them a call - 732-523-1836 x 1. ** SZ Series Ep…
 
#103. With Prof. Francesca Trivellato (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton) discussing the Jews of Livorno (Leghorn), Italy We discussed Livorno, why it was called "Leghorn", what the community was like, what was unique about Livorno from a Jewish Perspective , various famous Rabbonim & Jewish figur…
 
#102. With R' Shimon Szimonowitz & R' Yaakov Juravel discussing Machon Aleh Zayis & Sefer Mincha Ketana We discussed new Seforim that Machon Aleh Zayis is publishing, the gilyon (newsletter) they publish, Sefer Mincha Ketana: What it is, style of the sefer, how it was compiled, why copy the layout, font, and cover of the Minchas Chinuch, and more T…
 
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#100. With Dr. Moti Benmelech discussing Shlomo Molcho (1501 - 1532) and his book (in Hebrew), "Shlomo Molcho: The Life and Death of Messiah Ben Joseph" We discussed Molcho and his upbringing in Portugal, David Ha-Reuveni, what did they really want, and more. To purchase the book: https://www.ybz.org.il/?CategoryID=632&ArticleID=6480#.YX3ntsD3YWM F…
 
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