Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research

Created through the generosity of the Dr. Bernard Heller Foundation, the institute honors the memory of Professor Saul Lieberman (1898-1983) and strives to attain the high standards of scholarship and teaching that he set for his students.

The Lieberman Institute continues to develop modern and rigorous computer tools for Talmud study. The goal of the institute is to develop databases that will give access to the innumerable variant readings of the talmudic text in manuscript form and through early printed witnesses. To support this goal, the following extensive, computer-based research tools are in development:

  • The Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Data Bank, which includes drawings from the Lieberman Institute's complete collection of Talmud manuscripts, facsimiles, photographs, and genizah-fragment photocopies. The computerized data bank provides scholars with the means to analyze the Talmud's literary and stylistic features through the breadth and depth of the entire Talmud and in its versions.

  • The Index of References Dealing with Talmudic Literature: The index gives researchers access to thousands of references to talmudic passages in modern research and medieval scholarship.

The databases can be accessed through the computer terminal at the reference desk of The Library and are also available for purchase. Contact The Library for more information.