Rabbi Prof. Shamma Friedman


Israel Prize laureate Shamma Friedman is the Benjamin and Minna Reeves Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary and teaching at Schechter. In 1985, Friedman founded the Saul Lieberman Institute of Talmudic Research, which encourages innovative Talmud scholarship and provides sophisticated tools for its implementation. The Institute today distributes The Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Databank, a computerized database containing the text of almost all surviving Talmud manuscripts. He was elected to the Israel Academy of the Hebrew Language and the American Academy of Jewish Research and is Talmud division editor of the Encyclopaedia Judaica.

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