Prince of the Press
David Oppenheim, Prague’s chief rabbi from 1702 until his death in 1736, built an unparalleled collection of Jewish books and manuscripts, which survive to this day at the Bodleian Library. Containing works of law and literature, prayer and poetry, his library of over 7,000 printed works and 1,000 manuscripts testifies to the myriad connections Jews maintained with each other across political borders and the contacts between Christians and Jews that books facilitated. Stony Brook history professor Joshua Teplitsky discusses his book on Oppenheim and his legacy with the National Library of Israel’s Head of Collections Dr Raquel Ukeles.
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Joshua Teplitsky is assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University. He specializes in the history of the Jews in Europe in the early modern period and in the study of books and media. He lives in New York City.
Raquel Ukeles is curator of the Islam and Middle East collections of the National Library of Israel.