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binic literature which quotes or comments upon the relevant
Tosefta text. Between 1955 and 1967 ten volumes of this new
edition appeared, representing the text and commentaries on
the Orders of Zeraim and Moed and part of the Order of Nashim.
The text and commentaries on the rest of Nashim were in print
in 1972.
While concentrating on his work on the Tosefta he found
lime to write
Sifre Zuta
(1968), in which he advanced the view
that this halakhic midrash was in all likelihood finally edited
by Bar Kappara in Lydda. He also continued to contribute
articles to scholarly periodicals and miscellanies, served as editor
of a variety of texts and added notes to the works of fellow,
scholars. In an essay in the H. Albeck Jubilee Volume (1963)
he showed that Yaakov b. Hayim b. Adoniyahu, the corrector of the
first printing of the Palestinian Talmud, had not compared manu­
scripts consistently, as he claimed, but had done so only on
occasions. His contribution to the H.A. Wolfson Jubilee Volume
(1965), of which he was an editor, dealt with “Some Aspects
of After-Life in Early Rabbinic Literature.”
In 1963, Lieberman's attention was drawn to the existence
of a commentary in manuscript on the Tosefta by Rabbi Yitzhak
b. Zalman of Lemgo, an 18th century Dutch rabbi. Lieberman
examined part of the manuscript and published a specimen of it
in his Tosefta edition. While he expressed the hope that the
manuscript would find a publisher, he personally undertook the
preparation for printing of another Tosefta commentary which
had remained in manuscript, namely, David Pardo’s
Hasde David
on the Order of Tohorot. The first two of three projected
volumes appeared in 1970-71.
As he approaches his seventy-fifth birthday, Lieberman can
look back on a life of great scholarly achievements. What is the
secret of his productivity? Is it the great industriousness, the
fine qualities of mind, the retentive memory with which he has
been blessed? Lieberman considers it God's answer to the daily
prayer he recites with deep devotion:
“Have mercy upon us and inspire our hearts to understand
and to discern, to hearken, to learn and to teach, to observe,
to do and to fulfill in love all the teachings of Thy Torah. En­
lighten our eyes in Thy Torah .. . "