Thursday, October 12, 2006

New Encyclopaedia Judaica

Second edition of Encyclopaedia Judaica launched in Frankfurt
This should be a very important set of books because even the 1902 edition of the Jewish Encyclopedia is still in heavy use (especially on Wikipedia). It is also exciting to hear the Michael Berenbaum, the former head of the Shoah Foundation (where my mother once worked in archiving historical accounts of Holocaust survivors), will be leading this amazing project for the first time in thirty years.

[T]he Encyclopaedia will feature more than 22,000 signed entries on Jewish life, culture, history and religion, including 2,500 brand-new entries and some 11,000 updated entries across all topics. It will provide an exhaustive and organized overview of Jewish life and knowledge from the Second Temple period to the contemporary State of Israel, from Rabbinic to modern Yiddish literature. Kabbalah, Zionism, Jewish contributions to world cultures, gender issues and New World geographic areas of the United States, Canada and Latin America are dealt with in-depth.
[Hattip: The Town Crier]

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