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Shana Tova from Shalom Hartman Institute

Shana Tovah from Shalom Hartman Institute

A special content section featuring personal, academic, and practical information about the upcoming month of holidays – from Rosh Hashana to Hoshana Raba – is now on the Shalom Hartman Institute website. We are offering video, essays, articles, educational material and an entire course syllabus for you.

Items include:

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As part of our effort to get information about the Shalom Hartman Institute out on as many channels and platforms as possible – so we can offer our innovative and pluralistic Jewish learning to people who might not otherwise hear of us – we have created a full-time video channel of Institute lectures and presentations on Mogulus.com.

Mogulus is a leading channel in the burgeoning world of streaming video. It’s more than YouTube (where we also have a channel); it’s a collection of channels created by individuals and organizations around the world. There will be a lot of competition for viewership overall on Mogulus, but there is little Jewish content on that network, and we are pleased to be able to fill that void.

One thing we’ve noticed as we’ve surfed the world of Internet video is that there is little mainstream Jewish content. By that I mean that most of the video and audio found online is from groups seeking to reach the mainstream from one edge of the spectrum or the other.

I’ve been told, for example, that the highest-rated iTunes podcasts in the “Jewish” category are from “Messianic Jewish” congregations and individuals. Similarly, groups such as Chabad and Aish have been on the Web in a variety of formates for many years. For all of the good Chabad and Aish do, they cannot be considered mainstream in their Jewish thinking.

So, we hope our videos – and audio programming to come – will fill the online void in this area. So, “tune in” to us on Mogulus. We hope it will turn you on, in the hope that you won’t drop out from the Jewish world, but will, in fact, deepen your engagement.

For a complete guide to the Hartman Institute video channels, click here.

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We’re back from vacation at Shalom Hartman Institute to get ready for the upcoming school year. The campus is being spiffed up, teachers from the Institute’s girls’ high school, Midrashiya, are here getting pre-season training.

New this year: as a convenience to parents, fees for the boys’ and girls’ high schools can be paid online, here.

Coming up on the academic side are new programs for Israeli women academics and Israeli scholars of Judaism and gender.

We’ll be announcing names of new scholars and faculty members soon, as well.

On the website itself, we’re preparing new sections on educational material, as well as on the High Holidays. We welcome suggestions and contributions. Please send your material here.

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Interest in the so-called “Messiah stone” and the innovative and provocative translation of it by Shalom Hartman Institute Senior Fellow Israel Knohl continues unabated. The Jerusalem Report now wades into the fray with a typically lengthy but thorough piece on the cover of its latest issue. The piece rambles on about the Dead Sea Scrolls for a while before getting to Knohl and the Dead Sea stone, but gives him ample time to explain his theory: (more…)

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Codex Sinaticus Excerpt - 4th Century CE Greek Bible

Codex Sinaticus Excerpt - 4th Century CE Greek Bible

The Codex Sinaiticus Bible, a fourth century CE handwritten copy of the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament, is coming online. On July 24, 2008, the Codex Sinaiticus Project was set to place the Book of Psalms (Tehillim in Hebrew) and the Gospel of Mark online in a view-only format with an online reader like Amazon and some online versions of print publications.

As of this morning, Jerusalem time, all that is available online is an image of a sample of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations (Eicha in Hebrew).

The Times of London has an interesting piece on the “Indiana Jones” angle – where the manuscript was found, how it has been scattered around the world, and how the British Library has been able to piece it together for online presentation.

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