The Responsa of Professor Louis Ginzberg

David Golinkin (ed.)


Prof. Louis Ginzberg (1873-1953), one of the outstanding Talmudists of the twentieth century, is well-kmown as the author of Seridei Yerushalmi, Geonica, Legends of the Jews, Ginzei Schechter, Students Scholars and Saints, and Perushim V’hidushim Bayerushalmi. However, very few are aware of the fact that he was an important halakhic authority of the Conservative movement in North America. It is the purpose of this volume to introduce this neglected aspect of his writings and achievements.

This volume contains some one hundred previously unknown and mostly unpublished responsa written by Prof. Ginzberg between 1913 and 1953. They deal with a wide array of topics including changes in the liturgy, mixed pews in the synagogue, the use of grape during Prohibition, art in the synagogue, euthanasia, burial practices, and artificial insemination, as well as forceful responses to anti-Semites such as Pranaitis, the “expert” witness at the Beiliss trial in Kiev in 1913.


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