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Sephardi Mizrahi Studies Caucus Discussion List - October 29, 2000

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Editor/Moderator: Aviva Ben-Ur <aben-ur(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Week of Sunday, October 29, 2006 (7 Heshvan 5767)


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1.  Correction to Proposals for “The Jews of Syria” Conference (Harely)

2. New Book: Hebrew Medical Astrology (Bos)

3. New Book: _Turkey’s Modernization: Refugees from_Nazism and Ataturk’s Vision_ (Reisman)

4. New Book: _The Jews of Khazaria_ (Brook)

5. New Books: _Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt_ and _The Voice of  the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza_ (Cohen)

6. Hebrew University Scholarship for young PhDs (Belivis)

7. Fellowship Opportunity: Princeton University Library's short-term Library Research Grants (Stern)


1. Correction to Proposals for “The Jews of Syria” Conference (Harely)

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 01:54:49 +0300

From: <harely(at)mail(dot)biu(dot)ac(dot)il>

[Contrary to what was stated in the last issue of the Caucus Discussion List,] proposals for the International Conference: The Jews of Syria, May 28-29, 2007, The Dahan Center for Sephardi Society, Culture, and Education Bar-Ilan University can be sent also in English and not only in Hebrew.


 Dr. Yaron Harel, Chair


2. New Book: _Hebrew Medical Astrology_ (Bos)

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:31:52 -0400

From: Gerrit Bos <Gerrit(dot)Bos(at)web(dot)de>

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE(dot)UTORONTO(dot)CA>

 _Hebrew Medical Astrology_. David Ben Yom Tov, _Kelal Qatan_. Original Hebrew Text, Medieval Latin Translation, Modern English Translation. By Gerrit Bos, Charles Burnett, Tzvi Langermann.

 This text by David Ben Yom Tov, a Hebrew scholar who lived in the first half of the fourteenth century, is the most detailed and extensive original Hebrew treatise on astrological medicine surviving in Hebrew literature.  Next to the edition, the introduction of the book sketches a history of this branch of medical astrology from antiquity up to and including Ibn Ezra's _Sefer ha-Me'orot_, the most important source for _Kelal Qatan_. It also provides a survey of all other medieval Hebrew texts related to medical astrology.

 121 pages, two plates

 ISBN-10: 0-87169-955-9

 Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 95, Part 5

 $ 24

 Gerrit Bos


3. New Book: _Turkey’s Modernization: Refugees from_Nazism and Ataturk’s Vision_ (Reisman)

From: ARNOLD REISMAN arnoldreisman(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE(dot)UTORONTO(dot)CA>

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:43:52 -0400

I would like to bring to your attention a new title: _Turkey’s Modernization: Refugees from Nazism and Ataturk’s Vision_ by Arnold Reisman.

 New Academia Publishing, LLC

 ISBN: 0-9777908-8-6

 This book discusses/documents a bit of little known yet significant 20th-century/Turkey/Holocaust history (best described by the prepublication reviews which are given on below links). It has just been released. It also addresses some important facts about the history of science, medicine and law as a consequence of discussing previously unpublicized life-segments of some eminent intellectuals.  The book represents the first comprehensive account of the contributions to Turkey's modernization by the scientists that fled Nazism, based on archival documents, memoirs, oral histories, family and collegial correspondence, photos, and other surviving evidence.

Please visit:

Arnold Reisman PhD PE

18428 Parkland Drive,

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122


4. New Book: _The Jews of Khazaria_ (Brook)

From: Kevin Brook kbrook(at)pi(dot)pair(dot)com

via: Anna Urowitz-Freudenstein <hjmod(at)OISE(dot)UTORONTO(dot)CA>

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:49:13 -0400

Kevin Alan Brook, _The Jews Of Khazaria_, Second Edition (2006)

 The new edition of my book _The Jews Of Khazaria_, incorporates the latest research into the Khazar civilization that dominated southern Russia from the 7th through 10th centuries.

 Khazaria was one of the largest-sized political formations of its time, an economic and cultural superpower connected to several important trade routes. It was especially notable for its religious tolerance, and in the 9th century, a large portion of the royal family converted to Judaism. Many of the nobles and commoners did likewise shortly thereafter. After their conversion, the Khazars were ruled by a succession of Jewish kings and began to adopt the hallmarks of Jewish civilization, including the Torah and Talmud, the Hebrew script, and the observance of Jewish holidays.

 Every chapter in the book has been extensively revised compared to the first edition. It describes and evaluates new research on the timing of the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism, the coins minted by the Khazars, the influence of Khazaria on Kievan Rus', the possible descendants of the Khazars, the ancestry of Ashkenazic Jews and other Jewish populations in eastern Europe and the Caucasus, the genetic relationships between modern Jews, Samaritans, and Karaites, and many other issues.

 In addition, the bibliography and glossary have been expanded, a new appendix with "Native Khazar Personal Names" has been added, and the maps were newly prepared by Bill Nelson for this edition.

 xii + 317 pages, 2 maps

 hardcover, 0-7425-4981-X (978-0-7425-4981-4)


 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

 Table of contents (including subheaders) available at:

 Kevin Brook



5. New Books: _Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt_ and _The Voice of  the Poor in the Middle Ages: An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza_ (Cohen)

From: Mark R Cohen <mrcohen(at)Princeton(dot)EDU>

Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 15:59:15 -0400

Published fall 2005

Mark R. Cohen, _Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt_

idem., _The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages:  An Anthology of Documents from the Cairo Geniza_ (cloth and paperback)

both published by Princeton University Press

Mark R. Cohen


6. Hebrew University Scholarship for young PhDs (Belivis)

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 08:39:42 -0400

From: Ronit Belivis <ronitb(at)savion(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il> via: judaic(at)judnea(dot)umass(dot)edu

 Please reply exclusively to: scholion(at)savion(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il

Dear Sir/Madame:

 Scholion - Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem hosts the Mandel Scholars program, which offers two teaching and research positions per annum to young, outstanding Ph.D.s in the area of Jewish society and culture.  For complete information, please refer to our website <> .

 We would be much obliged if you could promulgate the availability of this prestigious scholarship to the relevant faculties, departments and individuals so that those who might benefit by such a fellowship be able to apply in a timely and thorough fashion.

 Attached are two files, to be hung up on bulletin boards or forwarded electronically to contacts.  Any questions should be addressed to the e-mail address stated at the opening of this letter, and not to the sender hereof.


 Ronit Belivis


 Contact info:

 Tel. +972 2 588 1279

 Fax +972 2 588 1196

 e-mail: scholion(at)savion(dot)huji(dot)ac(dot)il


7. Fellowship Opportunity: Princeton University Library's short-term Library Research Grants (Stern)

From: Peter Stern <pstern(at)library(dot)umass(dot)edu>

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 16:15:38 -0400

 Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The Program in Hellenic Studies also supports a limited number of Library Research Grants in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures.

 These Library Research Grants, which have a value of up to $2,500 each, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily one month. Library Research Grants awarded in this academic year are tenable from May 2007 to April 2008, and the deadline for applications is 15 January 2007.

 Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form

 (, budget form

 ( a résumé, and a research proposal not exceeding three pages in length. Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the Library Research Grants Committee at the address given below.

 The proposal should address specifically the relevance to the proposed research of unique resources found in the Princeton University Library collections. Prospective grantees are urged to consult the Library’s home page at <>  for detailed descriptions of the collections, especially those in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department, and for the names of curators and reference staff. Applicants should have specific Princeton resources in mind—not simply a desire to make use of a major research library—as they prepare their proposals.

 A committee consisting of members of the faculty, the library staff, and the Friends will award the grants on the basis of the relevance of the proposal to unique holdings of the library, the merits and significance of the project, and the applicant’s scholarly qualifications. Awards will be made before 1 April 2007.

 Application materials and letters of recommendation are to be mailed to Library Research Grant Committee, Princeton University Library, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544. Materials mailed to the committee must be postmarked no later than 15 January 2007. Facsimile transmissions may be sent to (609) 258-2324. Electronic communications to the committee may be sent to loliveir(at)princeton(dot)edu. Materials submitted by e-mail or facsimile must be received no later than 15 January 2007.

 There is a Web version of the following announcement at the following address:

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