about us

About Us

'Ad Hena' is a learning and research institute dedicated to the study of the Torah creations of Galician and Bukovinian Jewry, from the 16th century to the present day.

The centre seeks to create a broad academic foundation which will bring together Torah expertise, scholarship, modern research methods and historical thinking. It aims to achieve this by integrating budding Haredi researchers into scientific research endeavours. 


/ The Scholarship of Ketzos HaChoshen
A lecture by Dr Noam Sammet
/ The Scholarship of Rabbi Joseph Karo
A lecture by Dr TIrza Kelman (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
/ The Scholarship of Or Zarua
A lecture by Dr Uzi Fux
/ The Ashkenazi Prayer Book in the 21st Century
A round table with contemporary editors of prayer books
/ Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi's Prayer Book
Rabbi Baruch Oberlander (Budapest)
/ Grammarians of the Ashkenazi Prayer Book
Prof. Haim Cohen (Tel Aviv University)
/ Prayer Book and Kabalah in the Early Modern Period
By Yisrael Malkiel (Tel Aviv University)
/ East European Prayer Books: Shabtai Sofer of Przemysl and his Contemporaries
Prof. Stefan Reif (University of Cambridge)
/ The History of the Early Ashkenazi Prayer Book
Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Harritan
/ The Ashkenazi Prayer Book - Formation, Development and Methods of Research
a six meetings series on various aspects of the history and research of prayer…
/ Methods in Historiography: Micro-history 2
Second meeting out of two
/ Methods in Historiography: Micro-history 1
First meeting out of two
/ New Research Group
The group, consisting four senior graduates of Ad Hena's research programme,…
/ Biographies of Halacha Scholars - Genre and Methodology
Lecture by Dr Maoz Kahana
/ New Group of Research Fellows
Ad Hena is delighted to announce the end of recruitment for a new group of…
/ Congratulations to the graduates of Ad Hena's first fellowship programme
Ad Hena congratulates the graduates of the first fellowship programme.
/ The Library - a Conference with Herzog College Library's Staff
Speakers: Rabbi Moshe Rabinowitz Mrs Tzipi Keller Rabbi Refael Kroizer
/ R Shmuel Koidinover, Author of Nahalat Shiva, and the Polemic Around the Nosei Kelim Literature
An event to mark the 342th anniversary of his death
/ Elazar Landa, the Somewhat Forgotten Rabbi of Brody
A panel to mark the 187th anniversary of his death
/ A Call for New Fellows at Ad Hena Institute
Call for new fellows (2018-2019)
/ Ad Hena's Fellow Lectures at Mandel Institute's Conference
Printing the Aggudah as a reaction to the printing of the Shulkhan A'rukh
/ Seminar for the Participants of the Course 'Galicia Youth', Year 2
Ad Hena's fellows and staff hosted the group for a one day seminar
/ Tour for Ad Hena's Fellows in the Historical Gush Etzion
The fellows visited the Lone Oak, Way of the Patriarchs, and the Gush Etzion…
/ Seminar for the Participants of the Course 'Karlin Youth', Year 2
20 young Karlin hassidim were hosted at Ad Hana, for a one day seminar
/ Rabbi Wolf Ber Shiff of Zamość, Author of "Minkhat Zikaron"
A presentation by Ad Hena's fellow Yitchak Baruch Rosenblum
/ R Arie Judah Leib Tumim and the Brody Rabbinate
Presented by Ad Hana's Fellow R Benayahu Cohen
/ Visiting Fellows' Presentations
Two of Ad Hena's Visiting Fellows presented their research projects
/ New Methodological Perspective in Historical Research: Salo W. Baron and the Emancipation
Dr Uriel Gelmna (Bar Ilan University), a visiting scholar at Ad Hena Institute…
/ Use of Chronicles and Historic Literture in 19th Century Galicia
A lecture by Dr Haim Gertner, Director of the Yad Vashem Archives Division
/ Iberian Jews' Influence on the Diaspora Between 1391 and 1600
A lecture and discussion with Prof. Nachem Ilan, Ono Academic College
/ The Achronim Period
A Lecture by Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, Head of Yeshivat Har Etzion
/ Farewell to Ad Hena's Second Year Fellows

Congratulations to our second year colleages on the occasion of the …

/ Workshop with our Second Year Fellows
Our five fellows presented their research projects, and received feedbacks
/ Solomon Judha Loeb Rapaprot, as Reflected in His Rabbinic Writing
Workshop at the Zalman Shazar Centre
/ "From Kraków to Lemberg" Project - a Lecture at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies
The lecture: "The Genre of Name Lists for Divorce Records: Its Creation and…
/ Lectures of the "Ad Hena" Center fellows at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies
Four fellows of the Center lectured at the Congress on their research
/ Two of our fellows took part in the 'Galician Jewry' international conference

Two of our colleagues - rabbi Abish Schor and rabbi Zvi Lehrer took part in…

/ Presentation and Discussion before the Conference in Rzeszow, Poland

Zvi Lehrer presented his research before the forum.

/ Presentation and Discussion before the Conference in Rzeszow, Poland
Abish Shor presented his research before the forum.
/ Charity in Early Christianity
Prof. Gari Anderson (University of Notre Dame)
/ Hasidism or not? Breslev and its Texts
Dr Zvi Mark (Bar Ilan University)
/ From Regensburg to Krakow: Rabbi Michel Moravchik and the Legacy of Hasidei Ashkenaz
Our Fellow Moshe David Chechik lectured at the 'SeferHasidim - in Context'…
/ Sefer HaBerit and Sefer Nofet Zufim – Apologetics or Internal Writing?
Lecture and Discussion with Prof. David Ruderman
/ Remmemrence and History in S.Y. Agnon’s Writing
Rabbi Dr. Gefry Sacks
/ Early Stages of Ashkenazi Settlement in Poland
Prof. Shaul Stampfer (Hebrew University)
/ Memory vs History: the Case of the Holocaust
Eyal Mizrahi (Yad VaShem)

Rabbi Avish Shor  represented the 'Ad Hena' Institute at the 2016 Jewish…

/ East European Prayer Books: Shabtai Sofer of Przemysl and his Contemporaries
Prof. Stefan Reif (University of Cambridge)
/ The Formation of Halakhic-Polish Identity in the Early Modern Period
Prof. Elchana Reiner (National Library of Israel)
/ Yiddish Literature as Popular Literature in the 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Chava Turniansky (Hebrew University)
/ The Literary Republic and Book Genres: Early Jewish Print in Eastern Europe
Prof. Zeev Gris (Ben Gurion University)
/ Jewish History of Poland, 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Ted Fram (Ben Gurion University)
/ General History of Poland, 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Ted Fram (Ben Gurion University)
/ Reception History
Dr. Maoz Kahana (Tel Aviv University)
/ 'Galicia in the Holy Land", part 1

Rabbi Dr Yehudah Brandes (Herzog Academic College)

/ The Austrian Regime’s Requirement from the Rabbis Regarding their General Education
Prof. Rachel Menkin (University of Maryland)
/ Local History Emerging - Meron, the Holy Site
Dr Netanel Lederberg
/ Sources for the Research of Galician Jewry
Dr Natan Shifris (The Galicia and Bukovina Project, Haifa University)
/ Solomon Judah Loeb Rapaport, Galician Haskalah, Scholarship and Nationality
Dr Natan Shifris (The Galicia and Bukovina Project, Haifa University)
/ The Rabbinic Literature in Galicia and Bukovina - an Overview

Rabbi Meir Wunder (National Library of Israel)

/ Polish Nobility and the Jews

Dr. Yehudit…

/ The Literary Shift of the 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Elchanan Reiner, The National Library

Research Projects

Articles and Essays

By: Ad Hena's Fellows
Short papers written by Ad Hena's fellows, as finishing tasks for the course Print Revolution and Rabbinic Writing in the 16th Century.
By: Avraham Abish Shor
Music has a central place in Hassidic thought and practice. The article deals, for the first time in research, with the place of melodies of prayer.

Courses and Training Seminars

שולחן ערוך מנטובה
We're delighted to welocm the second group for our annual course about the history of Jewish thought in Galicia
בית כנסת חסידי
As a result of the big success of last year's course, a new group has started the program, led by rabbi Avish Shor.

Preparing to the Expedition to Busk and Kalush

Busk and Kalush are typical Eastern Galician cities. Once they were known as prominent trade and industrial centers with significant Jewish population, which contributed a lot to their urban development. Now, the only testimony of past vibrant Jewish life there are the Jewish cemeteries, where the Expedition will work this year.

Expedition to Buczacz, 2018

The organization’s annual documentation delegation completed documentation of the Jewish cemetery in Buczacz this year. It could be said that the central theme of this year’s field work was the legacy of S.Y Agnon. Members of his family, as well as many of his friends, acquaintances, and heroes of his works, are buried in the cemetery.
Krakov & Lemberg
לוגו אוניברסיטת תל אביב

Four Hundred Years of Rabbinic Creativity in Galicia and Bukovina of the Early Modern Period

The project will involve gathering and cataloguing the various documentations (books, manuscripts, and surviving community notebooks); classifying the material into folk works and “higher” creative output; researching different versions of prayers and their developments over the years; surveying and summarizing the history of the publication of these works, and analyzing the measure of their acceptance in various provinces, along a chronological axis.


Our Blogs

קיר המזרח בבית הכנסת הגדול בז'ולקייב

בין המשכילים התורניים הרבים שהיו פזורים בערי גליציה, התייחדה קבוצה של שלושה אברכים צעירים, בני העיר לבוב, שהתארגנו לפעילות ספר


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