More manuscript magic

More manuscript magic

Do you prefer your rare Jewish manuscripts already sorted?

Then there’s good news from the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem.

Its Ktiv project, launched this week, aims to put a copy of every Jewish manuscript that is shelved in an archive online. So far, it boasts agreements with 43 collections from around the world. It includes more than 45,000 digitized manuscripts and more than 4 million pages. The site begins by collecting and cataloging the participating collections, so even those manuscripts that have not yet been digitized can be tracked down.

At the collection’s core are microfilm copies of manuscripts the library gathered at the request of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.

So whether you’re looking for a Yiddish amulet or a Judeo-Persian prayer or an early manuscript of the Talmud, check out 

read more: