Category Archives: Digital Humanities

A new digital critical edition of the Jerusalem Talmud (tractate Yevamot)

In January this year, Prof. Menachem Katz of the University of Haifa and Dr. Hillel Gershuni of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, together with the programmer Yaron Bar, launched a beta version of a new digital critical edition of the Jerusalem Talmud, right now of tractate Yevamot (under ISF grant 1717/19) but with the aim of expanding it to other tractates. The edition address is, and it is free to use.
The edition includes all the components of a classical critical edition: exact an amended base text (based on MS Leiden), synopsis of direct as well as indirect textual witnesses, parallels, citations, bibliographic notes and explanatory notes. The user interface is friendly, when the user can click on a certain line or passage to show the relevant apparatuses, and click on an arrow at the end of any line to show the synopsis. And there is much more. 

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eScriptorium Tutorials & Digital Jour Fixe

For its members and students, the European Association of Jewish Studies offers a webinar on how to use eScriptorium specifically for Hebrew script on Tuesday, 5 May 2022, 3 pm – 7 pm CET.

Furthermore, there are two Digital Jour Fixe events:

1) Thomas Kollatz (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mainz), “(Very) short introduction into Digital Editing with Text Encoding Initiative.” 25 March 2022, 10-11h30 CET

2) Oleksii Chebotarov, “Jews on the Move: Digital Mapping Approaches to the History of Jewish Migration.” 27 May 2022, 10-11h30 CET

Researcher of the Week

Aaron Pattee

Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Art History
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany


“I am interested in Jewish-Christian relations in Medieval History and Architecture in the regions of the German Palatinate and Upper-Rhineland. Although my current research regards the application of Artificial Intelligence to searching 3D models of historical architecture, I am fascinated by how social networks and economic and political events ultimately impacted the designs of buildings. My completed doctoral project (2021) focused on 4 castles. For each of them, I carried out detailed architectural analyses, geo-spatial analyses of their landscapes, and network analyses of proceedings by their inhabitants derived from over 700 medieval charters. The information from the individual analyses were then combined using a graph database to search for convergences in the data, garnering new interpretations regarding the socio-political contexts of medieval buildings and who their builders most likely were. Various Jewish people were active in these castle networks, a research topic that I seek to explore more.

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