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Zeenah u-Reenah - still image [media]

Zeenah u-Reenah - still image [media]

"O maidens of Zion, go forth and gaze [Ze'enah U-Re'enah]…" says the Song of Songs. The phrase provided the title for a Yiddish anthology of Biblical portions and Midrashic commentary written by the sixteenth-century Polish Rabbi Jacob Ashkenazi, which became the primary source text for Eastern European Jewish women—most of whom could not read Hebrew—and remained an integral volume in traditional Jewish homes for over three hundred years. This edition of the "Tsenerene," as it was known in Yiddish, was printed in Slavuta, a city in the Ukraine, by Abraham Josef Matlis, and published in Lemberg (Lvov, the Ukraine) in January 1848.

Institution: Strashun Collection, YIVO Library, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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