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With the earliest dated Hebrew printed book in 1475, Hebrew printers could be considered as early adopters of printing technology. However, the fact that mechanized movable type was created to accommodate the Latin script presented numerous challenges to Hebrew typography. The Hebrew script’s transition from the handwritten form to printed form was not an ideal one and over the years the visual traces of the writing hand were lost. In this talk, Shani Avni will explore how printed Hebrew texts were read and experienced throughout time, and how Jewish Typography tells the story of Jewish cultures.

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