Early Modern Workshop (Video)-2009
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The Early Modern Workshop in early modern Jewish history, seeks to establish both the singularities of the early modern period and longer lines of development from the medieval period and into the modern age of the history of the Jews as an inseparable part of the general history. Through the Early Modern Workshop, we plan to examine developments in all aspects of early modern Jewish life in order to deepen our understanding of their significance. Our central aim remains, however, to establish a broad framework for the study of early modern Jewish history and to involve all those engaged in research on the field in a lively and ongoing academic discussion.
|1||VideoLeon Modena's Ari Nohem Between Print and Manuscript||This presentation will examine Leon Modena's critique of Kabbalah, a Hebrew treatise composed in Venice in 1639 entitled Ari Nohem (The Roaring Lion). One of the primary causes of Modena's critique was the printing of kabbalistic books such as the Zohar,||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoEarly modern Yiddish readers||Roughly one third of Old Yiddish literature is based on traceable European literary sources, mainly German. Given how close Old Yiddish is to Early New High German, some of these Old Yiddish texts with European sources feel like mere transcriptions, other||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoFrom Apologetics to Polemics||This presentation explores the use by non-Jews in eighteenth-century France of controversialist works written primarily for manuscript circulation within the seventeenth-century Sephardic communities of the Netherlands. In response to sustained theologica||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoPutting Hebrew Books in Order||Siftey yeshenim (The lips of those who are asleep, Amsterdam 1680) is the first printed Hebrew bibliography. In his introduction,the author, Shabtai Meshorer Bas of Prague (1641-1718), explains why such a novel book is needed, and what are its usages for||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||Video2009 Keynote Address||2009 Keynote Address||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoThe Power of Texts in the Conversion of an Old Christian Hebraist||Lope de Vera y Alarcon was an Old Christian Hebraist at the University of Salamanca in the late 1630s. In his professional training, he had access to texts that few people in Spain were permitted to see. His subversive reading of Erasmus and the Hebrew di||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoSefer Or le-Et Erev: a history of a misunderstanding||This paper discusses the brochure Or le-Et Erev and its reception among the Jews of Poland. The brochure was circulated by the emissaries of the Institutum Judaicum in Halle. The Yiddish text does not give the name of the author or the place of publicatio||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoThe Paratexts of Judah Marcaria: Addressing the (Imagined) Reader in Mid-Sixteenth-Century Italy||For a few years in the middle of the sixteenth century (1557-1564), a Hebrew press was active in Riva del Garda (Riva di Trento) under the management of Jacob Marcaria, a physician. The business arrangements of the press seem complicated and difficult to||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoA publisher in service of his readers: prefaces to Amsterdam 1711 edition of the Tsene Rene||The Amsterdam 1711 edition of the Tsene Rene is a particularly interesting because it contains prefaces that include allusions to and discussions of Yiddish texts and book production, the roles of publishers and the envisaged demands of readers. It enable||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoJews under Surveillance: Censorship and Reading in Early Modern Italy||This talk explores how Counter-Reformation's dynamics affected the readings of Italian Jews, after the political changes of the 1550s and the promulgation of the Index by Clement VIII in 1596 (with the ban of the Talmud). Dealing with censorship, expurgat||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoTechnology, Preservation, and Freedom of Expression||Isaac de Latters as Printer in Sixteenth-Century Italy||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoShlomo Lutzker's Introduction to Magid Devarav Le-Ya'akov||This presentation will analyze Shlomo Lutzker's Introduction to Magid Devarav Le-Ya'akov as a key source of information on the process of formation and publication of early hasidic books and the activities of printers and aditors. It will also bear on the||8/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|