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The number of Judaic books from Yeshivat Khochme Lublin rescued and stored in the Łopaciński Library after the Nazis confiscated them at the beginning of the war. Via Warsaw, the books were returned to a new Jewish library in Lublin in 1946. After its establishment in 1930, Yeshivat Khokhme Lublin had aspired to create the largest Jewish library in the world, seeking to collect 100,000 volumes of religious literature, Biblical and Talmudic commentaries, and philosophical treatises. Throughout the thirties, priceless old prints and manuscripts were sent to Lublin from private donors. Though the yeshiva had not yet reached its goal by the time the Nazis conquered Poland, it had created one of the largest and most valuable Jewish religious libraries.


He who promises

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The above synagogue donation recorder was an invention of one Moyshe Cohen in 1913 in the United States. With it, Cohen figured out how a congregant may record pledges and other nifty information without desecrating the laws of the Sabbath or holidays when writing is prohibted. Cohen might have designed it to replace the relatively unruly practice of “shnodern” (a Yiddish word created from the Hebrew phrase “hu she-nadar" or “he who promises”), the oral pledges made in synagogues around the Jewish New Year.

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