Ginzberg, Louis 
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Time Period
11/28/1873  - 11/11/1953
Description
After studying Judaism, philosophy and history at universities in Europe, Lithuanian-born Louis Ginzberg began teaching Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) in 1902. He remained a professor there until his death in 1953.

Ginzberg joined the faculty of the New York seminary as it was being reorganized to emphasize academic rigor. During his 50-year tenure, he became a towering figure of scholarship within the Conservative movement of Judaism.

His legacy includes the massive Legends of the Jews (1909-1938). The seven-volume work takes biblical stories scattered throughout the Midrash, Talmud and other writings and arranges them chronically. This was followed in 1941 by a three-volume Commentary on the Palestinian Talmud. Ginzberg also was known for helping to explain Jewish law to Conservative Jews through his numerous written responses, known as responsa.
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Photographs

Louis Ginzberg portrait- Hathi Trust- from The Menorah Journal, vol 7 (1921)
Web Source(s)
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Louis-Ginzberg
Encyclopedia Britannica, "Louis Ginzberg"
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Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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