March 10, 2007

New Volume of 60-Year-Old Talmudic Encyclopedia Published


The 27th volume of the monumental project founded by Rabbis Meir Bar-Ilan and Shlomo Zevin - The Talmudic Encyclopedia - was published this month, covering topics as diverse as honor
of Sabbath and festivals, conquest in war, Cuthites (Samaritans), and more. Leading Torah scholars of the generation, including Rabbis Avraham Shapira, Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and Ovadiah Yosef, were ceremoniously presented with copies of the new volume in recent days.The Talmudic Encyclopedia was the initiative of Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan, son of the famed Netziv (Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin) and brother of Rabbi Chaim Berlin. He developed the concept of
summarizing the Talmudic discussions in encyclopedic form, and, together with Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, founded the project. The first volume was published in 1947, followed by an additional volume every two or three years. In addition, two volumes of indices have been published, as have special volumes on topics such as the Passover Haggadah, the Land of Israel, electricity in Jewish Law, and more. The entire project appears in CD form as well.