Wednesday, January 3, 2018

a 1796 Vienna Talmud edition, owned by a woman

Many talmud volumes have passed my hands, but one I recently sold, stood out. On the free-end were handwritten several interesting inscriptions, including a lengthy one testifying that this talmud volume is owned by a certain Esther of Semnitz.
Ownership inscriptions from this period are seldom of women, and the volume being a Talmud from the seder of Kodshim, makes it a rather unusual choice for something to be studied by a woman.

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