exhibit attempts to display the wide range of Judaica collecting
at the Yale Library. In addition to the items from the Judaica
Collection, material from the Map Collection, Arts of the
Book, and the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library are also included.
has a long rich tradition in the study of Jewish religion,
history, and thought dating back to Yales founding,
when Hebrew language was a required course of study. Now,
with an undergraduate major in Judaic Studies, and a graduate
program training future academic leaders, the study of Jewish
life and thought is thoroughly integrated into the Universitys
offerings in the Humanities
Yale Library Judaica holdings have grown slowly but steadily
since the Universitys founding in 1701. Following
the receipt of two major gifts in 1915, the Yale Library
established a separate Judaica Collection, which is recognized
as one of the major collections of Judaica in the country.
The focus of the over 100,000 volume collection, which includes
manuscripts and rare books, is biblical, classical, medieval,
and modern periods of Jewish literature and history, and
supports the research needs of the faculty and students
of the Universitys Judaic Studies Program and those
of the broader academic community.
social, religious, and cultural lives of the Jewish people
are reflected in the Librarys collections. Religious
Law, Sephardic Studies, rabbinics, Jewish philosophy and
modern thought, talmudica, and Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino
languages and literatures are all represented in the collections.