RESOURCE: Hasidism in America: New Research and Teaching Resource

In 2021 the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) awarded the Brooklyn College Library’s Archives and Special Collections unit a grant to digitize and share with the public unused footage from the creation of the 1997 landmark documentary A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Query: Searchable database of/with Hasidic books?

Is there a searchable electronic database with a good selection of Hasidic books?
I often use the Bar-Ilan Responsa collection but its Hasidic content is limited. I recently was told about Ma'agarim; it is an amazing resource but also seems to have very little Hasidic material. Otzar HaHochma has a lot of Hasidic books but doing a search for specific words or phrases seems cumbersome. My thanks for any suggestions!

Justin Jaron Lewis

QUERY: Seeking "Ma'aseh Nora" (1862?)

In his 1976 edition of Sefer Sipure kedoshim, an anthology of Hasidic tales, Gedalyah Nigal discussed several variants of the tale "Toldot Ephraim," a hagiography of the Kli Yakar (Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz) that was published in Sipure kedoshim in 1866. One of these, a Yiddish-language version, was apparently published as "Ma'aseh Nora" in Chernovitz around 1862 (תרכ״ג per Nigal). I have not been able to locate this version. If anyone has any leads, I'd be grateful. 

Natan Meir, Portland State University (

ANN: Conference - The Hasidic Century: New Perspectives on Hasidism in the 20th and 21st Centuries

We kindly invite you to the EAJS Conference The Hasidic Century: New Perspectives on Hasidism in the 20th and 21st Centuries, which will take place in the Taube Department of Jewish Studies, Wrocław, on 20-23 June 2022.

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