Shraga Bar-On is a research fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute and the director of the department for Israeli Leadership. He co-founded the Beit Midrash for New Israeli Rabbis and teaches Talmud at Shalem College, Jerusalem, Israel.

Bibliomancy, and the Sacred Lottery of the Vilna Gaon

How the technique of chancing upon a passage in a Torah scroll or printed Pentateuch came to be a staple of fortune tellers

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