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The Seforimchatter podcast is dedicated to the discussion of Seforim (holy texts and works pertaining to them), Jewish (non-sacred) Books, Jewish History and more. The variety of guests include rabbis, professors, historians, authors, editors, and others in the field.For more information or to sponsor a show, check out @seforimchatter on Twitter or email
81 Episodes
#81.With Dr. David Sclar discussing Ramchal (Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, 1707 - 1746).We discussed his life, writings, thought, Chevras Mevakshei Hashem, the accusations, controversy, and more.
#80.With R' Meni Even-Israel discussing his father, Rav Adin Steinsaltz & his various Seforim.We discussed his father, the Gemara project, Nach, the Rebbe, changing his last name, future projects, and much more.To purchase the new, "A Concise Guide To..." series: (Each volume is also available for individual purchase)
#79.With Prof. Neil Netanel (Pete Kameron Endowed Chair in Law at UCLA) discussing the history of Jewish Copyright Law.We focused on Prof. Netanel's book, "From Maimonides to Microsoft: The Jewish Law of Copyright Since the Birth of Print" and discussed how it came to be, Book priviliges, Maharam Padua, the Rama, and the famous disagreement between Giustiniani & Bragadini, other various rabbinic "reprinting bans", and more. To purchase the booK (the paperback is quite affordable so please disregard what I said on the podcast):
** To donate to the Walden Woods Shul Campaign (my neighborhood Shul) click here: **#78.With R' Daniel Levin discussing Rav Chasdai Crescas & Ohr Hashem.We discussed the life of Rav Chasdai (who his rebbeim were, his students [Rav Yosef Albo, author of Sefer HaIkkarim & others], and more), his thought, the sefer Ohr Hashem & R' Levin's new edition of it, and much more.Check out his website:
#77.With Prof. Naomi Seidman discussing her book,  "Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement: A Revolution in the name of Tradition".We discussed Sarah Schenirer's background & how & why she started Bais Yaakov,  the state of jewish women and education at the time, her writings, the 93 martyrs story,  and much more.To purchase the book:
#76.With R' Yehuda Rock discussing the new Sefer, "Parshanei HaMikra" of his wife, Rabbanit Dr. Avigail Rock Z'L.We discussed what the Sefer is about, its structure and style, which meforshim are covered, some examples, and more.To purchase the Sefer:
#75.With R' Moshe Kravetz and Dr. Allan Jacob discussing their new Sefer, "Emunei Am Segulah" about Ma'amad Har Sinai & Kabbolas HaTorah B'Mishnas HaSfornoTo purchase the Sefer in the U.S.: purchase in Israel:אמוני-עם-סגולה/
#74.** Sponsored by Gluck Plumbing - Service Division. 732-523-1836 Ext 1. **With Prof. Jeffrey S. Gurock (Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University) discussing the Jews of Harlem.We discussed the history of the Jews of Harlem, the size of the community,  why and when they left, Rabonim, Yossele Rosenblatt, and more. To purchase,"The Jews of Harlem": purchase, "Parkchester: A Bronx tale of race and ethnicity": purchase the forthcoming book, "Lake Waubeeka: A community history":
#73.With Prof. Debra Kaplan (Associate Professor of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University and the Director of the Halpern Center at Bar-Ilan) discussing her new book, "The Patrons and their Poor: Jewish Community and Public Charity in Early Modern Germany".In particular the book focuses on Worms, Frankfurt, and AH"U (Altona-Hamburg-Wandsbeck). We discussed Pinkassim, Gabbai Tzedakah, Parnasim, chezkat kahal, residential & transient poor, various examples, and more. To purchase the book: code PENNPOD30-FI for 30% off
#72.With Prof. David Berger discussing Jewish - Christian debate in the Middle Ages We discussed his critical edition of the class work, "Nizzahon Vetus", the various disputations (Ramban in Barcelona and others), and much more.
#71.With R' Moshe Schwed of AllDaf discussing various Seforim & Meforshim on Mesechtas Yoma.To purchase Siach Yitzchak: purchase the Shita Ksav Yad: watch the episode: questions or comments, please email
#70.With Prof. Martin Lockshin discussing RashbamWe discuss Rashbam's bio, his works and style of pirush on chumash, Prof. Lockshin's critical hebrew edition and English translation, and more.For more information or to sponsor a show, please email 
#69.With Pearl Herzog discussing her father, R' Tovia Preschel, and his collected writings that she published (Ma'amarei Tovia).We discussed her father and his, his varied writings on a vast amount of subjects and more.The seforim are publsihed by Mossad Harav Kook and  should be widely available. Currently 6 volumes are available. 
#68.With Dr. Pinchas Roth discussing Medieval Jewry of Provence (South France).We discuss the communities history, its overall "hashkafa", famous Provencial Rabbinic figures like: Ra'avad, Ibn Tibbon's, Kimhi's (Radak, etc.), Meiri, Ralbag, and more. We also discuss his new book, " In This Land: Jewish Life and Legal Culture in Late Medieval Provence".To order the book and get 25% off, use code SC21 (valid until 4/30/21) via email: 
#67.One year anniversary episode: About how the twitter account and podcast developed and some reflections on the past yearPlease email any questions or comments to
#66.With Prof. Shalom Sabar (Prof. Emeritus of Jewish Art and Folklore at Hebrew University) discussing the Sarajevo Haggadah.We discussed an overview of illuminated manuscripts and Haggadah's, the Sarajevo haggadah: Its history, the popularization of it, and much more. To purchase the 2 volume set of the facsimile and Prof. Sabar's study of the Haggadah:
#65.With Prof. Benny Brown (Prof. of jewish thought at Hebrew University) discussing the Mussar Movement.We discuss Rav Yisroel Salanter, the movement overall, various mussar yeshivos (Slabodka / Novardok / Kelm, and more), mussar seforim and literature, why the movement "ceased" to exist, and much more. To purchase Prof. Brown's book on the Mussar movement:
#64.With Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank discussing his "Illuminating Jewish Thought" book series (2 out of 3 volumes have been published thus far).We discuss his style, sources, why he is writing this series and is trying to accomplish, and much more. To purchase volume 1: purchase volume 2: more information or to sponsor a show, please email
#63.With Prof. Yerachmiel (Robert) Brody discussing the Geonim of BabyloniaWe discuss the period of the Savaro'im, position of Gaon and what it meant and included, where the name comes from, the Yeshivos of Bavel (Pumpidisa & Sura), the yarchei kallah, famous Geonim & writings, Rav Sa'adyah Gaon, and much more.To purchase "The Geonim of Babylonia and the Shaping of Medieval Jewish Culture": more information or to sponsor a show, please email
#62.With R' Dovid Cohen of the cRc discussing his new book, "Alcoholic Beverages: The Halachos of Alcoholic Beverages, wine, and grape juice as they apply in the modern era arranged according to the order of the Shulchan Aruch".We discussed Sherry cask, mevushal, kiddush on grape juice, grape juice from concentrate, light grape juice,  Starbucks, Teavana, why he chose to self-publish the book in a print-on-demand way, and much more.To purchase the book: purchase the other books: www.kashrushalacha.comFor more information or to sponsor a show, please email
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