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Talmudic Scholar From Philly Receives Israel Prize

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Shamma Friedman

Shamma Friedman, a rabbi and professor hailed for his Talmudic research, has been named recipient of the Israel Prize, the Jewish state's highest honor.

The Philadelphia native took the prize, acco0rding to Ha'aretz, for his “enormous and varied study of Talmudic literature, which has earned him an international reputation as a leading speaker on the study of the Mishnah and Tosefta, and questions of literary structure and formation of the Talmud text.”

Friedman has been living with his family in Israel since 1973, when they made aliyah. In addition to teaching at a variety of institutions throughout Israel and the United States, he has had a 50-year association with the Jewish Theological Seminary on campuses in New York and Israel.

The University of Pennsylvania graduate, who also is an alum of Gratz College, will receive the prize on Israel Independence Day, which begins the evening of May 4.

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