Page 189 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 46

Basic HTML Version

FA B ER /TH E LUBAVITCH LIBRARY
1 8 1
has dealt with the ramifications o f the subject in
S’ridei Bavli,
(New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1979)11. Likewise,
bibliographic studies by Rabbi Levine o f remnants which were
discovered at SACH represent significant contributions. His
findings were published in three issues o f
Yagdil Torah
, a pe­
riodical in Rabbinics under Habad auspicies, which he has
edited since it began appearing over ten years ago.12
Rabbi Levine is also editor o f two series o f manuscript pub­
lications, directly related to the broad program o f SACH: 1.
Maamarim (discourses) on Habad teachings expounded by lead­
ers o f the movement through the years. About 125 volumes
o f these materials have already been published. More are being
processed. 2. Iggerot Kodesh (sacred letters) — communications
on sundry subjects written by the leaders o f the movement at
various points in its historic development. Twenty-five volumes
o f these correspondences have been published to date. Other
archival materials o f SACH add up to some 100,000 items. No
precise information could be ascertained regarding the publi­
cation policy in the latter category. Apparently, none had been
thus far formulated.
It should be noted that the Lubavitch community maintains
also a public library that makes available book materials and
tapes on religious Judaica. The “Levi Yitzchak Library” at 305
Kingston Avenue is available to the public at large as a reading
and lending facility, open regularly on Sundays and weekday
afternoons. Maintained in an esthetically furnished hall, it holds
on open shelves 20,000 volumes classed in groups, including
11. Published in three parts: 1.
An historical and bibliographical introduction,
144
p.; 2. Vol. I,
Fragments from Spanish and Portuguese incunabula and sixteenth
century printings o f the Babylonian Talmud and Alfasi,
pp. 1-215; 3. Vol. II,
Fragments from . . .
pp. 216-500. These two vols. are not bound as finished
works; instead, they consist o f loose, consecutively numbered pages, in o r ­
der to facilitate insertion o f additional materials, should such be discovered
in the future.
12. See appendix (H osa fah ) in No . 4, Nisan-Iyar, 5739, pp. 235-256, offering
a concise discussion o f problems encountered in attempts to register all
available readings o f a given text. This is followed by a description o f a
3-folio MS. o f Ta lm ud Bavli, Sanhedrin 103b-104a and Shevuot 47a-49a.
No. 5, Sivan-Tammuz, 5739, pp. 313-320, describes a 12-folio text o f T a l ­
mud with Rashi — 10 from Hagigah , plus two from Yoma, printed in
Vad i A lhagra, Spain, 1478-1482. No . 6, Av-Elul, 5745, pp. 367-380, de ­
scribes a 20-folio MS. text o f
Orhot Hayyim,
by the 13th-century Aaron Ben
Jacob Ha -Kohen o f Lunel.