In the Margins of a Medieval Jewish Prayer Book: The New SIMS-Katz MOOC
In Penn’s Libraries, one can find a particular battle-scarred volume. It is a large folio, rebound in old leather, damaged by fire, with margins cut, pages torn out, others stolen but then replaced, marked by a few clever patches to the parchment. There are marginal notes in a variety of inks and handwritings representing many generations of readers and amenders. It is a late thirteenth–early fourteenth-century Mahzor, or Jewish prayer book for the high holidays, originating from the German Rhineland.
Jews, Giraffes, and the Italian Renaissance
We are pleased to announce the publication of the next in our series of online mini-courses in Jewish manuscript studies, which we produce in partnership with Penn’s Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS):
Changing Minds: Geographic Discoveries and New Worlds through the Eyes of a Renaissance Jewish Scholar
New Worlds through Renaissance Manuscripts
When Fabrizio Lelli introduced this sixteenth-century painting by Bartolomeo Veneto to the audience at a lecture this month, he read it for hints as to its subject.
Making a Manuscript Sing
In her recent lecture, SIMS-Katz fellow Professor Elisabeth Hollender of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, introduced a packed audience to the scars and stories told by one fourteenth-century German Mahzor, or prayer book for the holidays.