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1895 Babylonian Talmud now in the Kiev Collection

Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russi

Gelman Library's Kiev Collection has acquired a complete original set of the Babylonian Talmud printed in 1895 in Vilna, Russia (today Vilnius, Lithuania).  Of the many editions of this ancient work, the one issued in Vilna by the "Widow and Brothers Romm," with multiple commentaries in 18 large folio volumes, is considered the most accurate.  In pristine condition, our set comes from the library of Stanley Rabinowitz (1917-2012), rabbi of DC's Adas Israel Congregation, and was donated by his daughters Dr. Sharon Chard-Yaron and Judith Argaman. Rabbi Rabinowitz was the grandson of the Lithuanian-born Talmudic scholar Naftali Zeichik of Des Moines IA, whose book on rabbinic law, published in Jerusalem in 1935, was included with the gift. 

For more information about this work or for questions about using, visiting, or donating to the Kiev Collection, please contact the Curator at hebraica@gwu.edu.  Located on the 7th floor of the Gelman Library, the Kiev Room is open to researchers Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Curator of the Kiev Judaica Collection is available for reference consultations to discuss research topics, help formulate search strategies, and locate useful materials.

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