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March 19 


RendsburgThe oldest legible, intact Torah scroll sheet known to exist—a vital link to the founding documents of Judaism—was purchased by the Library of Congress for the public’s benefit, with help from Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History at Rutgers. The story of the Jews’ flight from Egypt is contained on the sheet, which was written in Hebrew on vellum in the Middle East during the tenth or eleventh century CE.

Link to lecture at Library of Congress by Professor Gary Rendsburg:

Watch lecture


Also of interest:

Rendsburg BookProfessor Rendsburg’s recent book How the Bible is Written (Hendrickson Publishers, 2019)
Book information

Professor Rendsburg's review of the new translation of the Hebrew Bible by Robert Alter
Read review


Movies of Jewish Interest:

Catch up on the best in Jewish films while staying at home.

Film LinksRecommended movies on Video On Demand that were shown in the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival:

    • Dough
    • Menashe
    • The Wedding Plan
    • Tel Aviv on Fire
    • Fanny’s Journey
    • 24 Days
    • The Art Dealer
    • Norman
    • Killing Kasztner

Menemsha Films, one of the top distributors in international Jewish cinema, is offering heavily discounted prices for their selection of films on VOD (Video On Demand), including iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. This is a limited-time offer. Many of the films are included with Amazon Prime or can be rented for as little as 99¢. For the complete list visit: https://www.menemshafilms.com


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