Yoel Finkelman

Dr. Yoel Finkelman is the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection Curator at the National Library of Israel. Previously a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, he is author of the book "Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy". Image cr. Yorai Liberman
If All the Seas Were Ink
When she was 27, Ilana Kurshan found herself alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce. She joined the world’s largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for ‘daily page’ of the Talmud, taking her copy wherever she went. In If All the Seas Were Ink, Ilana took us on a guided tour of the Talmud, shedding new light on its stories and offering insights into its arguments, for those already familiar with the text and those who have never encountered it. Toge...
Jewish Treasures – online event
This event takes place at 7pm – 8pm (London Time) / 9pm – 10pm (Israel Time) Rebecca Abrams, award-winning author of The Jewish Journey, presents Jewish Treasures: an exploration of the Bodleian Library’s world-class Jewish manuscripts collection. Dating back to the Bodleian’s beginning, the collections represent four centuries of collecting and a thousand years of Jewish history. In conversation with Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the the worl...
Travel Yearnings
For millennia, Jews have embarked on pilgrimages to holy sites, often creating and collecting beautiful and moving materials to document and remember these journeys. The treasures of the National Library of Israel include fascinating journals, maps, souvenirs and artefacts from pilgrimages to Jewish holy places across the centuries – from Benjamin of Tudela to Moses Montefiore to Sammy Davis, Jr.  Dr. Yoel Finkelman, curator of the world-leading Haim and Hanna Salomon Jud...
Jewish Magic
    The deliberate manipulation of supernatural forces for human ends has a long and surprisingly robust place in the history of Jewish ideas and practice. Jews throughout history cast spells, wrote amulets and crafted magical objects in order to heal the sick, battle natural disasters and save themselves from dark cosmic forces. Is such activity permitted? Is there a difference between good and bad magic? Has modern science and technology really pu...
Free Online Events at JBW2022
Sign up below to receive links for our six fantastic free online events taking place between Monday 28 February and Monday 7 March: Jewish Magic – Monday 28 February, 2.30pm GMT The deliberate manipulation of supernatural forces for human ends has a long and surprisingly robust place in the history of Jewish ideas and practice. Jews throughout history cast spells, wr...