Rare books

From 15th-century Iberia.

National Library of Israel
Feb. 23 2021 12:01AM

Elisha ben Gad’s Tree of Knowledge.

Zsofi Buda
Aug. 21 2020 12:01AM

And the Christian missionaries who brought it to England.

Ilana Tahan
May 20 2020 12:01AM

Beware “Rabbi Robber and Rabbi Thief.”

Zsofi Buda
March 17 2020 12:01AM

A new exhibit displays the physical legacy of the great sage’s work.

Rhona Lewis
Feb. 12 2019 12:01AM

An Israeli, a famous economist, and an empty auction house.

Zachary Solomon
Feb. 2 2016 12:01AM

A secret 1977 trip to Cairo is involved.

Laura Geggel
March 23 2015 12:01AM

Chimen Abramsky, the son of a renowned Orthodox rabbi, became one of the leading Jewish historians of the 20th century. He was also an avid,. . .

Vladislav Davidzon
Feb. 20 2015 12:01AM

Jews have a reputation for taking books seriously, so it should come as no surprise that Israel is an interesting place for librarians. Where else. . .

Anne Roiphe
Dec. 23 2014 12:01AM

On exhibit in Jerusalem is a 9th-century prayer book with portions of the Sabbath prayers, hymns, and the Haggadah. It is from the collection of. . .

Sept. 16 2014 12:01AM

At age eight, David Sassoon, a scion of the “Rothschilds of the East,” traded his kite for a rare book. At his death in 1942,. . .

Pearl Herzog
Aug. 18 2014 12:01AM

In his London home, Chimen Abramsky—polymath, long-time Stalinist, son of a famous rabbi—built up one of the finest private collections of Judaica anywhere.

Paul Shaviv
Aug. 13 2014 12:01AM

On view in Brooklyn: early printings of the Bible, Talmud, works of Jewish law, philosophy, mysticism, and more—plus manuscripts from before the age of print. 

Allan Kozinn
July 14 2014 12:01AM