A. The Beginnings of Serialized Jewish Publishing

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A. The Beginnings of Serialized Jewish Publishing

Isaac Hezekiah ben Samuel Lampronti (1679-1756)
Reshit bikure katsir: talmud Torah shel k.k. Firarah...
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Venice : s.n., 475 (1715)
Other Contributors: Jacob Daniel ben Abraham Olmo (1690-1757)
ha-Meʻasef
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Königsberg: Anshe hevrat dorshe leshon `ever, 1783-1811
Pages from the 1715 printing including title page
Credit: Dropsie College Library Collection, Gift of Walter H. Annenberg and the Board of the Annenberg Research Institute; Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania (More bibliographic information)
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Among the beacons of Jewish enlightenment in late 18th century Germany, known today as the “Haskalah,” was ha-Me’asef (“The Gleaner”), the earliest successful periodical published in Hebrew. Its publication was announced April 13, 1783 in a prospectus called Nahal ha-Besór. The editors and publishers, such as Isaac Euchel, Joel Loewe and Aaron Wolfssohn were maskilim, the intellectual exponents of the HaskalahHa-Me’asef began publication in Koenigsberg in 1784 and then relocated to Berlin.

Credit: From the Dropsie College Library. Gift of Walter H. Annenberg and the Board of the Annenberg Research Institute; Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania (More bibliographic information)