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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
2018-2019 Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies &
the Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellow’s Lecture in Jewish Manuscript Studies
A Mahzor is a Mahzor is a Mahzor?
Studying CAJS Rare MS 382
Professor Elisabeth Hollender
Goethe Institute Frankfurt
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 5:00 pm
Ashkenazic Mahzor manuscript (Rhineland? 13-14th centuries). CAJS Rare MS 382, fol 50r.
Professor Hollender will explore a single 13th-century liturgical manuscript, CAJS MS 382, to reveal how the material study of a seemingly ordinary manuscript can shed light on medieval Jewish liturgical practice. Medieval liturgical manuscripts have been studied because of their outstanding features, such as illuminations, unusual rites, their commentaries or because of physical features such as size. Even the critical edition of the Ashkenazic mahzor by Goldschmidt and Fraenkel, although based on a selection of manuscripts that represent what is considered to be "standard" with regard to the liturgical texts, searches for unusual texts that are not transmitted in many manuscripts. This lecture focuses on a single 13th-century liturgical manuscript, CAJS MS 382, that could be described as "average" with few distinctive features. It will be treated both as material object and as textual witness, showing how much can be deduced even from seemingly "normal" elements and small details.

Registration is appreciated

This lecture is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies & the Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellowship in Jewish Manuscript Studies is funded in part by the David Ruderman Distinguished Scholar Fund.


Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)