JBuzz News May 27, 2013: Friedberg Genizah Project: Computer network to help break Cairo Genizah codes

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Computer network to help break Cairo Genizah codes

Source: JTA, 5-27-13

The Friedberg Genizah Project will use a high performance computer network at Tel Aviv University Cairo Genizah to break the codes of the Cairo Genizah….READ MORE

JBuzz News September 19, 2012: Bernard Lewis Celebration

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Bernard Lewis Celebration

Source: The Jewish Week, 9-19-12

Even though he’s the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton, Lewis donated his magnificent 18,000-volume library to Tel Aviv University….READ MORE

JBuzz News June 29, 2012: Robert Wistrich: Jews in Contemporary Britain

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Jews in Contemporary Britain

Source: Jewish Times of Southern New Jersey, 6-29-12

Professor Robert Wistrich is Neuburger Professor of European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the head of the University’s Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. Wistrich began by stating that hatred against Jews and Israel is a controversial, passionate subject. While not wanting to be labeled a panic- monger, he noted that events in Britain during the last decade are a real cause for anxiety. Anti-Semitic incidents have risen to new peaks, calling for acute concern, but not hysteria, he said…..READ MORE

Lior Wolf and Nachum Dershowitz: Hi-tech rescues Jewish texts

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Lior Wolf and Nachum Dershowitz: Hi-tech rescues Jewish texts

THOUSANDS of fragments of centuries-old Jewish texts, from shopping lists to historical documents, are being joined together using new software.

The scraps of the Cairo Genizah being catalogued include a letter from a wife complaining about her husband and a rabbinical judge’s authorisation of the kosher status of cheese sold by a grocer.

The software, developed by Tel Aviv University professors Lior Wolf and Nachum Dershowitz, is analysing texts that span about 1000 years of Middle East history. The algorithm program adapts facial recognition technology to identify similar handwriting on documents which are then sorted into digital loose-leaf binders.

”The computer found thousands of items running for a week,” Professor Dershowitz said. ”Then it took months for the scholars to look at it and decide if the computer was correct.”…READ MORE