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Rabbi Alexander M. Goldstein was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1960. He was a rabbi at Congregation Bet Torah of Mount Kisco, New York during the 1960s and the early 1970s, and at Congregation Beth Judah of Ventnor, New Jersey, which he was serving at the time of his death.
The papers of Rabbi Alexander M. Goldstein consist primarily of his notes for an unfinished dissertation on the Talmudic figure Rabbi Zera. Also included are a small number of Rabbi Goldstein's student and rabbinical writings, and notes for a eulogy delivered by Cantor Edmund A. Kulp at his death.
The dissertation notes are in four boxes and part of a fifth. Box 1 contains index cards which record references to Rabbi Zera found in the Babylonian Talmud, arranged according to maseket, as well as references found in midrashim, especially Midrash Rabbah. Box 2 contains index cards which record references to Rabbi Zera found in the Palestinian Talmud, arranged according to maseket. Box 3 contains index cards which record references to Rabbi Zera which occur in the Babylonian or the Palestinian Talmud, again arranged according to the maseket of each of the two versions of the Talmud. The references found in Box 3 are different than those in Boxes 1 and 2, and a red index card is placed in the position where the reference in Box 3 would fall in Box 1 or 2, according to Talmudic arrangement. It is surmised that these references were Rabbi Goldstein's "working references."
Also included in Box 3 are references to Rabbi Zera which are found in the Babylonian or PalestinianTalmud, arranged according to the following topics: family details, Babylonian background, circumstances leading to his departure from Babylonia and arrival in Palestine, associates and activities in Palestine, and the end of his life. There also exist in Box 3 miscellaneous topical references found in the Babylonian or Palestinian Talmud, arranged according to a wide range of topics, including respect for women, marriage, role of Torah, education, death, etc.
Box 4 of the collection contains index cards which provide references to Talmudic figures who are found in the Babylonian or Palestinian Talmud and who had some relationship with Rabbi Zera. These references are organized alphabetically according to the name of the person. A code is used throughout to distinguish these relationships as face-to-face contact with Rabbi Zera as a teacher, student, or contemporary; or statements made in the name of Rabbi Zera by a teacher, student, or contemporary; or a contemporary of Rabbi Zera who had no face-to-face contact with him.
Box 5 of the collection contains two folders of additional dissertation notes, photocopies of Talmudic concordance pages, and the beginning of a narrative biography of Rabbi Zera. Also included in this box is a very small group of writings unrelated to Rabbi Goldstein's dissertation work. Included are two bulletin messages written by Rabbi Goldstein while he was a rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah in Mount Kisco, New York; a bulletin from Congregation Beth Judah of Ventnor, New Jersey which contains Rabbi Goldstein's last message before his death; a eulogy which Rabbi Goldstein delivered while at Beth Judah; a copy of a speech Rabbi Goldstein delivered in honor of his father's retirement; a paper written while Rabbi Goldstein was a student at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 1957; a High Holiday sermon, 1960; and notes for the eulogy given by Cantor Edmund A. Kulp of Congregation Beth Judah on the occasion of Rabbi Goldstein's death.
|I. Dissertation Notes, n.d.|
|a. Talmudic References To Rabbi Zera Arranged by Maseket|
|1||Babylonian Talmud; also midrashim (Midrash Rabbah)|
|3||Babylonian or Palestinian Talmud|
|b. Talumdic References To Rabbi Zera Arranged by Topic|
|Babylonian background (teachers and students)|
|Babylonian background (relationship with exilarch)|
|Circumstances leading to departure from Babylonia and arrival in Palestine|
|Associates and activities in Palestine|
|End of his life|
|c. Talmudic References to Rabbi Zera, Babylonian or Palestinian Talmud, Miscellaneous|
|4||d. Talmudic Figures|
|5||1-2||e. Dissertation Notes and Talmud Concordance Pages|
|5||1-2||II. Rabbinical and Student Writings, ca. 1957-1980; Kulp Eulogy|