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Seforimchatter

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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With Prof. Francesca Trivellato discussing the myth that Jews invented Bills of Exchange (Credit)
#173.With Prof. Francesca Trivellato discussing the myth/legend of the Jews inventing Bills of Exchange (credit)We discussed the definition of Bills of Exchange and Marine Insurance, how the legend/myth of attributing their creation to Jews began, who really created them, Ètienne Cleirac and his work, the scope and meaning of usury, the definition of "credit", what happened to the legend after the 17th century, and more. To purchase "The Promise and Peril of Credit":  https://amzn.to/3EYY83ZFor a short article with an excerpt from the book:  https://aeon.co/essays/what-is-the-link-between-medieval-and-modern-antisemitism
68:57 12/04/2022
With Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD discussing his new book, The Anatomy of Jewish Law, on the topic of Medicine, Medical History, and Rabbinic Literature
#172.** To support the podcast: https://seforimchatter.com/support-seforimchatter/ or email seforimchatter@gmail.com**With Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD discussing his new book, The Anatomy of Jewish Law, on the topic of Medicine, Medical History, and Rabbinic Literature.We various topics from the book inlcuding, The Luz bone, Mumia, Vaccinations, Covid-19, transplanation, Rav Yehonosan Eyebeshutz, other projects of his, and moreTo purchase “The Anatomy of Jewish Law”; https://amzn.to/3U8R9v6To purchase “Pondering Pre-Modern Pandemics in Jewish History”: https://amzn.to/3gEUV1A
74:47 11/27/2022
With R' Moshe Maimon discussing Rabeinu Avraham Ben Harambam (1186 - 1237); Life and Works
#171.With R' Moshe Maimon discussing Rabeinu Avraham Ben HaRambam and the new edition of his Seforim We discussed his life, relationship with his father the Rambam, his writings, Pirush on Chumash and its style, the classical style of pirushei chumash of Geonim/Sefard and how that differs, language the commentary was written in, the new edition and what was changed and corrected, quotations of the Rambam in the pirush, and much more To purchase the new Pirush Al Hatorah:Bereishis: https://www.ebay.com/itm/372870295843Shemos: https://www.ebay.com/itm/393142142650To purchase the Ma’amar Al HaAggados: https://www.ebay.com/itm/392868012226To purchase “Milchamos Hashem”: https://amzn.to/3ASiFGvTo purchase the English translation of Sefer HaMaspik: https://amzn.to/3UPZ3dHTo contact R’ Moshe: mbamaimon@gmail.comTo purchase
99:59 11/20/2022
With Dr. Yakov Mayer discussing the first edition of the Talmud Yerushalmi
#170.** To support the podcast: https://seforimchatter.com/support-seforimchatter/ or email seforimchatter@gmail.com** With Dr. Yakov Mayer discussing the first printing of the Talmud Yerushalmi We discussed the history of print and the 16th century, Aldus Manutius, Daniel Bomberg, the Leiden manuscript of Yerushalmi, how the edition was edited, other manuscript(s) that were used for the first edition, Yaakov ben Chaim Ibn Adoniyahu, Rav David Pizzeghitaone, who edited the Yerushalmi, and moreTo read an article by Dr. Mayer on the topic: https://www.ancientjewreview.com/read/2022/8/31/editio-princeps-the-1523-venice-edition-of-the-palestinian-talmud-and-the-beginning-of-hebrew-printingTo purchase the book: https://www.magnespress.co.il/book/Editio_Princeps-8320To purchase "Nechemiah": http://www.ybook.co.il/book/7679/%D7%A0%D7%97%D7%9E%D7%99%D7%94
61:04 11/13/2022
With Roy Shasha discussing Chacham Shemtob Gaguine (1884 - 1953) and his Seforim
#169.With Roy Shasha discussing Chacham Shemtob Gaguine (1884 - 1953) and his SeforimWe discussed Chacham Gaguine's bio, his Sefer "Keter Shem Tov", sources that are used and minhagim discussed, his sermons ("Pachad Yitzchak"), other writings, and moreTo purchase “Pachad Yitzchak”: https://judaicaplaza.com/products/8494058
81:56 11/06/2022
With Prof. Aviva Ben-Ur discussing the Jews of Suriname
#168.** To support the podcast: https://seforimchatter.com/support-seforimchatter/ or email seforimchatter@gmail.com** We discussed the Jews of Suriname, where they come from and when they came, where they lived, how the community functioned, shuls, Jews role in Surinamese society at large, Eurafrican Jews, Purim in Suriname, the end of communal autonomy , the community in the 19th and 20th century and today, and moreTo purchase the book:https://amzn.to/3TPCghTTo purchase Prof. Ben-Ur’s older book: “Jewish Cemeteries in Suriname”: https://amzn.to/3WeZ7VG
68:50 10/30/2022
With Daniel Klein discussing Shadal (Shmuel/Samuel David Luzzatto) and his Sefer "Ohev Ger" on Targum Onkelos
#167.** To support the podcast: https://seforimchatter.com/support-seforimchatter/ or email seforimchatter@gmail.com** With Dan Klein discussing Shadal (Shmuel/Samuel David Luzzatto) and his Sefer "Ohev Ger" on Targum Onkelos and the new edition of the SeferWe discussed a brief bio of Shadal's life (for more see our previous podcast episode: https://seforimchatter.com/2021/01/03/with-daniel-klein-discussing-shadal-samuel-david-luzzatto-1800-1865-and-his-new-translation-of-shadal-on-chumash/ ), the sefer Ohev Ger and why he wrote it, his rules of Onkelos, his textual variants that he discovered of Onkelos, and much moreTo purchase the new edition of Ohev Ger:  https://shadal.co.il/shop/%d7%90%d7%95%d7%94%d7%91-%d7%92%d7%a8/To purchase the old edition of Ohev Ger ($3.99): https://amzn.to/3CYPba7To purchase Dan's english editions of Shadal's Chumash commentary:Bereishis: https://amzn.to/3z7SRVEShemos: https://amzn.to/3siR64rVayikra: https://amzn.to/3VVAmOfFor other new editions of seforim by Shadal: https://shadal.co.il/
67:50 10/23/2022
With R' Moshe Parnes discussing the Mitzvah of Hakhel and his new Sefer on the topic
#166.With R' Moshe Parnes discussing the Mitzvah of Hakhel and his new Sefer on the topic We discussed what the Mitzvah of Hakhel is, when and where it was performed, who was mechuyav in this Mitzvah, which Sefer Torah was used, who read from it, the reasons for the Mitzvah, the inyan (or lack thereof) for the Mitzvah today, and much more To purchase the Sefer: https://zbermanbooks.com/%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%A9%D7%AA-%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%9C%D7%9A-%D7%A2%D7%9C-%D7%9E%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%94%D7%A7%D7%94%D7%9C-%D7%A8%D7%9E-%D7%A4%D7%A8%D7%A0%D7%A1
42:01 10/02/2022
With Prof. Joshua Teplitsky, Prof. Debra Kaplan, and Dr. Zev Eleff discussing the Esrog and the new volume, "Be Fruitful! The Etrog in Jewish Art, Culture, and History"
#165.With Prof. Joshua Teplitsky, Prof. Debra Kaplan, and Dr. Zev Eleff discussing the Esrog and the new volume, "Be Fruitful! The Etrog in Jewish Art, Culture, and History"We discussed how the project came to be, who the "Esroger" was, what his position entailed, the hardship of procuring Esrogim in Europe, involvement of the civil authorities, how and where communities got Esrogim and Arba Minim from, who purchased the Esrogim - the Kehilla or individuals?, how many Esrogim were used per Kehilla, fairs, takkanos, using dried out minim from previous years, women and Esrogim, the Esrog in America: Where they were from, Caribbean Esrogim and how they differed, Rabbi Abraham Rice and his psak, Isaac Leeser and The Occident, Corfu Esrogim, and more. To purchase the book: https://judaicaplaza.com/products/coja-138-0
96:30 09/28/2022
With Rabbi Bentzion Ettlinger discussing the Shofar: The Halachos, Minhagim, and his new English Sefer about it
#164.With Rabbi Bentzion Ettlinger discussing the Shofar and the Halachos, Minhagim, and his new English Sefer about itWe discussed the reasons for Tekias Shofar, length of Tekia and minhagim, minhagim of Shevarim, minhagim of teruah, tekiah gedolah, kashrus of Shofaros, Baal Makri, eating kiddush before Tekias Shofar, blowing during silent Shemoneh Esrei or Chazaras HaShatz, haskamos for the Sefer, why in English, and more. Also included R' Ettlinger blowing various examples. **Apologies for the somewhat muffled sound on the Shofar due to the recording**To purchase the book: https://amzn.to/3rrNcFJhttps://mosaicapress.com/product/the-shofar/
67:18 09/21/2022
With Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter discussing Selichos and his new edition of Selichos with introduction and commentary
#163.With Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter discussing Selichos and his new edition of Selichos with introduction and commentary We discussed the various minhagim of selichos (when it is said), what is different about this edition, the central theme of selichos, the thirteen attributes of mercy, the akeida, zechus avos, tziduk hadin, confession, power of teshuvah, praying to angels, derision of christianity, the style of the commentary, and moreTo purchase the Selichos: https://amzn.to/3SdmMmxhttps://korenpub.com/products/the-reid-family-edition-koren-seli%e1%b8%a5ot-minhag-lita
61:26 09/18/2022
With Michelle Margolis and Sharon Liberman Mintz discussing the Jews of Corfu
#162.With Michelle Margolis and Sharon Liberman Mintz discussing the Jews of Corfu and their new exhibit about themWe discussed the Jewish communities of Corfu, their minhagim, printing history, polemic about singing krias shema with a nigun, esrogim of Corfu, famous rabbinic figures in Corfu, ketubot of Corfu, and moreFor the online exhibit: https://exhibitions.library.columbia.edu/exhibits/show/jews_corfuFor the exhibit at Columbia: https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/jewishstudiesatcul/2022/08/16/the-jews-of-corfu-between-the-adriatic-and-the-ionian/For the exhibit at JTS: https://www.jtsa.edu/event/opening-event-jews-of-corfu/
65:14 09/11/2022
With R' Mendy Abramson discussing Bathing and Showering in Halachah and his new English Sefer on the topic
#161.With R' Mendy Abramson discussing Bathing and Showering in Halachah and his new English Sefer on the topic We discussed why he wrote a Sefer on the topic, the basic halachos and what he discussed regarding bathing and showering before davening, for Shabbos, 9 days, Tisha B'Av. Yom Tov, and other topics, his haskamos, sources, and more.To purchase the book: https://www.israelbookshoppublications.com/store/pc/Bathing-and-Showering-in-Halachah-12p7840.htm
70:11 09/04/2022
With R' Moshe Maimon discussing the Chida and Maagel Tov (the Chida's travelogue)
#160.With R' Moshe Maimon discussing the Chida and Maagel Tov (the Chida's travelogue)We discussed a brief bio of the Chida (Rav Chaim Yosef Dovid Azoulai), when the Maagel Tov was written, how it was written, the publication history, personal stories related by the Chida, famous people and Gedolim that he discusses, the two new editions and how they compare, and much more.To purchase the Raviv edition: https://www.shopeichlers.com/products/magal-tov-volume-1/57949To purchase the Hamaor edition: https://www.shopeichlers.com/products/magel-tov-chida/58039To purchase the Freimann edition: https://amzn.to/3Rkz78d
91:39 08/28/2022
With David Arnovitz discussing The Tanakh of the Land of Israel
#159.With David Arnovitz discussing The Tanakh of the Land of Israel (Koren Publishers).To purchase Exodus (Shemos): https://amzn.to/3ChFmoLTo purchase Samuel (Shmuel): https://amzn.to/3Cm4kTW
35:33 08/21/2022
With Dr. Morris Faierstein discussing the Yudisher Theriak (A Yiddish Defense of Judaism)
#158.With Dr. Morris Faierstein discussing the Yudisher Theriak (A Yiddish Defense of Judaism)We discussed what "Theriak" means, who the author was, why he wrote it, who the intended audience was, examples from the book, why translate it, and more To purchase the book: https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/yudisher-theriak
64:48 08/14/2022
The Judean Revolt Series with Prof. Guy M. Rogers: The Great Jewish Revolt, 66 - 74 CE and the destruction of the Second Temple. Part III: Masada and the Legacies of the Great Revolt
#157.** To enhance your Tisha B'Av and understanding of the day and its message, check out Aleph Beta's collection of inspiring Tisha B'Av videos. Rabbi David Fohrman, founder of Aleph Beta, explores some of the most beloved Tisha B'Av texts to discover the deeper meaning and relevance of the day.And for a limited time only,  listeners get $18 off an annual Aleph Beta membership, which will give you access to all the Tisha b’av videos plus hundreds more on parsha and the other holidays. Go to AlephBeta.org and enter coupon code SEFORIM22 for $18 off an annual premium membership:  https://bit.ly/AlephBeta22**The Judean Revolt Series with Prof. Guy M. Rogers: The Great Jewish Revolt, 66 - 74 CE and the destruction of the Second Temple. Part III: Masada and the Legacies of the Great Revolt.We discussed the aftermath of the destruction in Yerushalayim, Titus's return to Rome, the Flavian Amphitheater (Coliseum), Arch of Titus, Masada, and more To purchase "For the Freedom of Zion": https://amzn.to/3znnaa7To purchase the Oxford Classics edition of Josephus: https://amzn.to/3PNu3ZwTo purchase “Masada” by Jodi Magness: https://amzn.to/3dgF9YL
89:30 08/07/2022
The Judean Revolt Series with Prof. Guy M. Rogers: The Great Jewish Revolt, 66 - 74 CE and the destruction of the Second Temple. Part II: The War and Destruction of the Temple.
#156.** With Tisha B'Av approaching, check out Aleph Beta's collection of inspiring Tisha B'Av videos. Rabbi David Fohrman, founder of Aleph Beta, explores some of the most beloved Tisha B'Av texts to discover the deeper meaning and relevance of the day.And for a limited time only,  listeners get $18 off an annual Aleph Beta membership, which will give you access to all the Tisha b’av videos plus hundreds more on parsha and the other holidays. Go to AlephBeta.org and enter coupon code SEFORIM22 for $18 off an annual premium membership:  https://bit.ly/AlephBeta22**The Judean Revolt Series with Prof. Guy M. Rogers: The Great Jewish Revolt, 66 - 74 CE and the destruction of the Second Temple. Part II: The War and Destruction of the Temple.We began the discussion with the massacres in Jerusalem in 66, Agrippa (II) speech and his place in the war, the end of sacrifices (Korbanos) on behalf of the Romans, the fighting and killing that breaks out across the region, Cestius' intervention and "disaster", the appointment of the Jewish generals, Vespasian's army, Titus's arrival with three legions (and what a Roman legion was), Vespasian's arrival in Iotapata and the subsequent siege and destruction of the city,  fall of Gamala, John of Gischala's flight to Jerusalem, Vespasian's march on Jerusalem, Nero's suicide followed by Vindex's revolt in Gaul and Vespasian's subsequent departure for Rome, Romans breaking through the outer wall, second wall, and finally the inner wall, the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash and whether Titus truly "wanted" to burn it down or not (we discussed Josephus's opinion and debated whether this is really as he says), and more.To purchase "For the Freedom of Zion": https://amzn.to/3znnaa7To purchase the Oxford Classics edition of Josephus: https://amzn.to/3PNu3Zw
88:42 07/31/2022
With R' Yaakov Beer discussing Sefer B'Ikvei HaGalus about the Churban
#155.With R' Yaakov Beer discussing Sefer B'Ikvei HaGalus on the Sugyos about the Churban in Perek HaNizakin in Mesechtas Gittin.We discussed the different aspects of the Sefer, Maharal/Meor Eynayim, Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, Channah/Miriam and her seven sons, other various Gemara's in the Sugya, story with Rebbetzin Luba Rochel Bloch HY'D,  haskamos to the Sefer, why the name "B'Ikvei HaGalus", and much more To purchase the Sefer: https://judaicaplaza.com/collections/new-hebrew-seforim/products/17806947
71:30 07/28/2022
With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel discussing 1096 (The First Crusade) and the Jews
#154.With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel discussing 1096 (the First Crusade), the historical sources and chronicles, and the Kinnos composed in its aftermath We discussed the history of the crusades (Pope Urban II, Peter the Hermit, and others involved), Jewish communities in the Rhineland (Speyer, Worms, and Mainz), the destruction of these communities and others, martyrdom, suicide and the halachos and opinions amongst the Rishonim, Kinnos composed in the aftermath of the destruction, and more.To purchase "In the Year 1096": https://amzn.to/3ztoI3HTo purchase the, “The Jews and the Crusaders: The Hebrew Chronicles of the First and Second Crusades”: https://amzn.to/3Ovt3YBUsing the links may pay us a commission and help support Seforimchatter 
62:07 07/24/2022
The Judean Revolt Series with Prof. Guy M. Rogers: The Great Jewish Revolt, 66-74 CE and the destruction of the Second Temple. Part I: Causes of conflict
#153** With Tisha B'Av approaching, check out Aleph Beta's collection of inspiring Tisha B'Av videos. Rabbi David Fohrman, founder of Aleph Beta, explores some of the most beloved Tisha B'Av texts to discover the deeper meaning and relevance of the day. And for a limited time only,  listeners get $18 off an annual Aleph Beta membership, which will give you access to all the Tisha b’av videos plus hundreds more on parsha and the other holidays. Go to AlephBeta.org and enter coupon code SEFORIM22 for $18 off an annual premium membership:  https://bit.ly/AlephBeta22**The Judean Revolt Series with Prof. Guy M. Rogers: The Great Jewish Revolt, 66-74 CE and the destruction of the Second Temple. Part I: Causes of conflict. Based on Prof. Rogers new book, "For the Freedom of Zion: The Gerat Revolt of Jews against Romans, 66 - 74 CE"We discussed Herod (the great): his bio, relationship with Rome, kingdom, reign, death, and more, what happened after Herod's death, Sicarii, Pontius Pilate (and the killing of Jesus), Agrippa I, and much moreTo purchase the book: https://amzn.to/3v1idCNTo support the podcast or to sponsor a show, please email seforimchatter@gmail.com, or click this link: https://www.seforimchatter.com/support-seforimchatter/
82:04 07/17/2022
With R' Aryeh Ganz and R' Shimon Szimonowitz discussing Sefer Arzei HaLevanon Al Hatorah
#152With R' Aryeh Ganz and R' Shimon Szimonowitz discussing Sefer Arzei HaLevanon Al HatorahWe discuss why R' Ganz decided to compile another Likut Sefer, what he quotes and why, which sources he uses, where he got his sources from, some future (and already published as of this podcasts publication) Aleh Zayis publications, and moreTo purchase the Sefer: https://alehzayis.com/product/%d7%90%d7%a8%d7%96%d7%99-%d7%94%d7%9c%d7%91%d7%a0%d7%95%d7%9f/
79:27 07/10/2022
With Rabbi Yaakov Taubes discussing Rabeinu Bachya and his writings
#151With R' Yaakov Taubes discussing Rabeinu Bachya and his writings: Chumash Commentary, Kad HaKemach, Shulchan Shel Arba, and Pirkei AvosWe discussed when he lived, how to pronounce his name, his various seforim, and more Link to English translation of Shulchan Shel Arba: http://jkraus.webspace.wheatoncollege.edu/Links to articles on Rabeinu Bachya: https://www.academia.edu/51307873/Adam_Afterman_and_Idan_Pinto_Potencies_of_the_Body_and_Soul_Ascetic_Ideals_and_Ritualistic_Meals_in_the_Writings_of_R_Ba%E1%B8%A5ya_ben_Asher_Jewish_Thought_3_2021_137_179 https://thelehrhaus.com/jewish-thought-history/rabbeinu-bahya-and-the-case-of-the-mysterious-medieval-lightning-rod/https://www.academia.edu/44415057/Gershom_Scholem_Bahya_ben_Asher_in_Encyclopedia_ha_Ivrit_vol_8_1956_cols_144_145_Hebrew_https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pRKpRrs4kBgGkHSIMTAkuGITldO0qvxU/view?usp=sharing
72:32 07/03/2022
With Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Klibansky discussing the history of Lithuanian Yeshivas and his new book on the topic
#150With Dr. Ben-Tsiyon Klibansky discussing the history of Lithuanian Yeshivas and his new book on the topic We discussed WWI and the refugee crisis and how that affected the Yeshivos, what defines a "Lithuanian Yeshiva", most influential ones of the oeriod, patrilineal descent in Yeshivos and issues that arose from that, the role of the Mashgiach, and much moreTo purchase the book: https://amzn.to/3bc9TsXDr. Klibansky's site: https://www.b-klibansky.com/english-site
76:24 06/26/2022
With Prof. Kenneth Stow discussing the Diary of Anna of Rome and the book he wrote about the diary
#149With Prof. Kenneth Stow discussing the Diary of Anna of Rome and the book he wrote about the diaryWe 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/
71:20 06/19/2022
With Dr. Tzafrir Barzilay discussing well poisoning accusations against Jews and minorities in Medieval Europe (relating to the Black Death)
#148** Sponsored byElchanan Schwarz Counseling. Elchanan Schwarz  is a licensed mental health counselor with offices in Brooklyn and Lakewood, specializing in adults with anxiety and adjustment disorders. Including  stress related to challenging life circumstances such as chronic medical illness and grief.  For an appointment call (732) 503-9158.**With Dr. Tzafrir Barzilay discussing well poisoning accusations against Jews and minorities in Medieval Europe and his book on the topic, "Poisoned Wells"We discussed the Black Death, how these well poisoning accusations begun and spread to Jews, how the accusations gained popularity, causes and ramifications of the accusations, pogroms, the decline of the accusations, and more To purchase the book: https://www.pennpress.org/9780812253610/poisoned-wells/
59:04 06/12/2022
With R' Yaakov Yosef Reinman (AKA Avner Gold) discussing his historical fiction book series ("The Strasbourg saga")
#147With 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 more
74:52 06/07/2022
With Dr. Yael Ziegler discussing Megillas Rus and her book, "Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy"
#146With Dr. Yael Ziegler discussing Megillas Rus and her book, "Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy"To purchase the book: https://korenpub.com/products/ruthhardcover
63:50 05/29/2022
With Prof. Rachel Manekin discussing Jewish Women Runaways in Habsburg Galicia and her book on the topic
#145With Prof. Rachel Manekin discussing Jewish Women Runaways Girls in Habsburg Galicia and her book on the topicTo purchase the book: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691194936/the-rebellion-of-the-daughters
60:26 05/22/2022
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"
#144With 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 Rabbinic History": https://korenpub.com/collections/new-releases/products/studies-in-halakha-and-rabbinic-history
61:46 05/15/2022