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Author(s): Singer-Brehm, Elisabeth
The Tsene-rene, a Yiddish adaptation of the Bible by Jacob ben Isaac Ashkenazi of Janów, became a major bestseller. Often mischaracterized as a mere "women's Bible," its loose retelling of biblical stories and combination of moralistic and didactic elements have delighted readers around the world for centuries.⸙Scholars and bibliographers of old Yiddish literature largely agree that no Yiddish book has enjoyed a greater readership than the biblical paraphrase Ḥamišah ḥumšei Torah be-lašon Aškenaz – Ṣeʾenah u-reʾenah benot Ṣiyon, or Tsene-rene for short. Indeed, more people …
Date: 2023-11-23


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Author(s): Singer-Brehm, Elisabeth
1. Concept Forthcoming 2. Cairo Genizah Forthcoming 3. Genizot of German Lands In Germanic lands genizot – in which worn-out or damaged books, writings, and ceremonial objects were stored in the synagogues’ attics according to the precept of treating them with respect and reverence (Veneration of Books and Scrolls) – have been preserved in buildings dating back to the …
Date: 2023-01-31