In 1817 a slender – almost forgotten – volume was published in the famous Hasidic town of Mezhibuz. The sixteenth-century work was entitled Sefer Ha-Hayim (The Book of Life) and had been penned by Rabbi Hayim ben Betzalel of Friedberg while he was in quarantine during the plague of 1578.
Join the Maggid of Melbourne as he ponders what triggered the 1817 edition.
Could it be related to the First Cholera Pandemic?
Rabbi Levi Cooper – Pardes Faculty and A Shot of Torah Podcast Host
Adam Titcher – Executive Producer