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02 January 2018

People of the Book: 500 years of the Hebrew Book

"The First Hebrew Printers: Challenges, Triumphs, and Halachic Questions”


Listen to author Rabbi Akiva Aaronson speak about "The First Hebrew Printers: Challenges, Triumphs, and Halachic Questions” – from lecture in London, UK May 27, 2014



The invention of the printing press created a revolution for Jews everywhere. Who could imagine at that time the extraordinary benefits that printing would bring to world Jewry?

“People of the Book” vividly describes the invention itself, and then takes us through five hundred years of Hebrew printing, from the earliest products of fifteenth-century printers to those of modern times.

Author and teacher Akiva Aaronson introduces us to the first printed editions of the classic sefarim: Talmud, Rambam, Arba’ah Turim, Shulchan Aruch, and many more. Meet the famous Hebrew printers of previous generations: Soncino, Bomber, Romm, Heidenheim, Bak and others. Visit the Jewish communities where Hebrew printing took place, from its earliest days until the present: Venice, Salonika, Prague, Amsterdam, Slavita, Warsaw and Vilna, to name a few.


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Also of interest:

The Vilna Gaon and the Printing of His Sefarim

The Bomberg Shas

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