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Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Manuscript, Part 5
How a variation in the Oxford Manuscript of Mishneh Torah sheds light on Maimonides position on prophecy.
A Fascinating Examination of a 12th Century Haggadah
A liturgical poet and Tosafist who led the community of York, martyred in the massacre of 1190
The life and times of Rabbi Moses of London
Henry III of England interferes in a complex divorce case. The story of an illustrious Jewish family living in England prior to the expulsion of 1290.
Jewish legal disputes in the Venice Ghetto
The Chief Rabbi of Venice's attempt to permit gondola travel on Shabbat. The life and times of Rabbi Simone Luzzatto, 1583–1663.
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Manuscript, Part 4
Marriage, loans and the holiday of Sukkot, and the unlikely link between the three, in light of a textual addition to a manuscript draft of Mishneh Torah in the author's own hand.
Jewish Personalities of Medieval England
A glimpse into the life and teachings of a relatively unknown English Tosafist, an illustrious medieval Jewish scholar, who fell victim to one of the earliest documented cases of blood libel.
Jewish Personalities of Medieval England: Rabbi Elijah of London
Rabbi Elijah of London, a fascinating Talmudist, Halachist, financier and physician. Exploring some of his Halachic rulings and business dealings.
Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in Manuscript, Part 3
Analysis of a manuscript written in Maimonides' own hand. How the structure of the law in draft form differs from the final text. Formerly on display in the exhibition, 'Marks Of Genius' in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
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