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Seniors Visit Columbia University To Observe Medieval Jewish Manuscripts!

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On Wednesday, Dr. Aaron Tugendhaft '95 and Rabbi Ilan Schimmel brought senior students to Columbia University to observe medieval Jewish manuscripts that discuss Aristotelian ideas. After a quick walking tour of the campus, the students were brought into the Rare Books Room of the Butler Library where ten manuscripts, dated from the mid-fourteenth century to the early twentieth century, were on display. Most manuscripts comprised of commentaries by Italian, Spanish, and German rabbis - all discussing Aristotle's philosophy and how it relates to Judaism. Students were also given a mini history lesson on Jewish life at the institution, Jewish printing in medieval times, and on Columbia's current exhibit on the Greek Jews of Korfu. A current Ramaz parent also joined the tour - Isabelle Levy, who is a lecturer of Medieval Literature at Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies. 



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