Prof. Shlomo Zalman Havlin


Contact Information

The Naftal-Yaffe Department of Talmud, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar Ilan University 52900 Ramatt-Gan ISRAEL




Hebron Rabbinical Academy, Jerusalem

Beit Midrash Gavoha Le`torah ‑ Ordination 1962

B.A.,  Hebrew University, 1972

Ph.D., Hebrew University, 1983


Work Experience:

Instructor in the following institutions

Boy`s Town, High School, Jerusalem

Schwadron Teachers Institute, Jerusalem

Merhavim Teachers` Colledge, Jerusalem

Liphshitz Teachers` Seminary, Jerusalem

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, The Institute for Jewish Law Studies

Bar‑Ilan University, Ramat‑Gan


Research Asistant

 Mosad HaRav Kook, Jerusalem

Schocken Institute for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

"Bibliographical Guide" Project, Bar Ilan University, Ramat‑Gan

"Rashi Project", Bar‑Ilan University, Ramat‑Gan


Chairman, Department of Information Science and Librarianship, Bar‑Ilan University (1983 ‑ 1989)

Project Director, "Rashi Project", Institute for Study of Post‑Talmudic Halakha, Bar‑Ilan University (1985 ‑ 1991)

Assistant Professor, School of Library Sciences The Hebrew University, Jerusalem


Present Positions:

Assistant Professor, Department of Talmud, Bar‑Ilan University, Ramat‑ Gan

Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science and Librarianship, Bar‑Ilan University

Editor, Alei Sefer, Journal for Bibliographical Studies and Booklore (1983 ‑ present)

Member of the Committee for Kahan‑Eber Grant, The Ministry of Education and Culture, Israel

Representative of the Assistant‑Professors in the Senate of Bar‑Ilan University (1993 ‑1994)

Member of the Board of "Ofeq Institute" for Research and Publication, Cleveland, Ohio

Head of "Talpiot" ‑ Institute for Jewish Liturgy, Jerusalem

Chairman of the Committee for the ‘Project Torah sh’bal Pe’, The Ministry of Education, Israel

Chairman of the Committee for Religious Research Institutes, The Ministry of  Religious, Israel (1999)

Chairman of the Profetional Committee for Torah sh’bal Pe,  The Ministry of Education, Israel


Research Interests

The Babylonian Talmud – terminology, textual tradition, redaction, canonization, authoritatiative, the commentaries of the Talmud

History of the Halakhah – The development of talmudic legal thought and legal principles

The Halakhic work of Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, textual tradition, his legal thought and his legal principles

The Shulhan-Aruch of Rabbi Y. Karo and Rabbi M. Iserlish, textual tradition, theirs legal thought and theirs legal principles



List of Publications


1. The "Mashpi`a" - on the Jews in Hebron, on The Habad movment in Eretz‑Israel, Jerusalem 1982, Vol. 1, 370 pp. (including about 150 New Documents on the Issue).

2. Mishne‑Torah of the Rambam, -  A Facsimile of the Constantinople Edition 1509, Jerusalem 1973. "Makor" publication. With an Introduction: "To the History of the first Editions of the "Mishne‑Torah" of Rambam, pp. 9 ‑ 24.

3. Mishne‑Torah of the Rambam - A Facsimile of Ibn Sh`altiel edition of the Mishbe‑Torah of the Rambam, Spain before 1492, Jerusalem 1975. "Makor" publication. With an Introduction: The Mishne‑Torah of Ibn Sh`altiel and the History of the first Sfardi Editions of the Mishne‑Torah, pp. 1 ‑ 11 + 2 (supplement).

4. Teshuvot of the Rashba - A Facsimile of the Rome Edition of the Responsa of the Rashba, Printed in Rome [1969 ‑ 1972]. Jerusalem 1977. The Hebrew National and University Library Publication. With an Introduction: Toward the History of the Collections of the Rashba Responsa and the Rome Edition of Rashba Responsa, pp. 7 ‑ 44.

5. Seder HaKabalah  - History of the Oral Law and of Early Rabbinic Scholarship, by Rabbi Menahem Ha‑Meiri, Edited from MSS with Addenda, introductions, and indexes, explanatory notes and comments.  Jerusalem 1992. Ofeq Institute. 334 pp.

6. Torathan shel Geonim  - The Talmudic and Halachic Writings of the Babylonian Geonim, which were published in Periodicals, Jerusalem 1993. Wagshal Publication. 7 Volumes. Vol. 1: Introduction to the History of the Babylonian Geonim, Table of Dates, Indexes to the all Talmudic and Halachic literature of the Babylonian Geonim, bibliographies of the Texts and studies. 481 pp.

7. Beit Ha‑Behirah Tractate Avot, by Rabbi Menahem Ha‑Meiri - Edited from MSS, with Addenda, introductions, indexes, explanatory notes and comments. Jerusalem 1994. Ofeq Institute. 574 pp.


In press:

8. Gemara on Tractate Eduiot and A Commentary, by Rabbi Shlomoh Sirilio

10. 200 Years of Talmudic and Halachic Literature in Eretz‑Israel (1840 ‑ 1940)

11. 200 Years of Talmudic and Halachic Literature in Egypt (1840 ‑ 1940)



12. The Definition of "Zika" (relationship) in Tractate Yevamoth, Memorial Volume in Honor of Rabbi Aharon Cohen, Jerusalem 1963, pp. 269 ‑ 273

13. The gaon Rabbi Moshe Finkel: "Shlala velo shlal shamaim", Ibid, pp. 78 ‑ 88.

14. Mishne‑Torah of the Rambam ‑ end of `Geonuth`, Ha‑Ma`ayan, Vol. 5 No. 3 (1965), pp. 41 ‑ 59.

15. Subliments to the Article Mentioned above, Ibid, vol. 6  No. 4 (1966), pp. 60 ‑ 62.

16. To the New Edition of the "Mishne‑Torah", in Mosad Harav Kook Publication, 1964, Death 32 (1966), pp. 110 ‑ 121

17. A response to A Comment, abide, 33 (1967), pp, 199 ‑ 201, 214.

18. On the first editions of the "Mishne‑Torah" of the Rambam, Kirjath Sepher, Vol. 42 (1967), pp. 509 ‑ 510.

19. On the new editions of Ancient Essays, in: Sifrei Rishonim, A bibliography of "Rishonim" Literature, Jerusalem 1967. pp. 25 ‑ 30.

21. Ways to edit "Rishonim" Literature, Ha‑Mayan, Vol. 8 No. 2 (1968) pp. 29 ‑ 40.

22. New Responsa of Rashba ‑ from Mss., Moriah, Vol. 1 No. 3‑4 (1969), pp. 58 ‑ 67.

23. More on the 248 words IN "Kriat Shma" and the "Zohar", Tarbiz, Vol. 40 (1971), pp. 107‑109.

23. On Rabbi David Pardo, Tarbiz, 42 (1973) pp. 503 ‑ 506.

24. On the History of the Chalatz Family and the problem of the aoutor of the Magid Mishne of Hilchot Shechita, Kirjath Sepher, 49 (1974), pp. 643 ‑ 656.

25. Critical Editions of Texts in Jewish Law, Shnaton Ha‑Mishpat Ha‑ ivri, Vol. 1 (1974), pp. 99 ‑ 141.

26. Concerning one manuscript that was split in tow (the history of A Ga`onic responsa collection and Rabbi Yesha`ia Di‑Trani Responsa), Part 1, Alei Sefer, Vol. 1 (1975), pp. 81 ‑ 90.

27. Concerning one manuscript that was split in tow (the history of A Ga`onic responsa collection and Rabbi Yesha`ia Di‑Trani Responsa), Part

2, Ibid Vol. 2 (1976), pp. 65 ‑ 78

28. The Takkanot of Rabbenu Gershom Ma`or Ha‑Gola in Family Law in Spain and Provence (in the Light of Manuscripts of Responsa of RASHBA and R. Isaac de‑Molina), Shnaton Ha‑Mishpat Ha‑ivri, Vol. 2 (1974), pp. 200 ‑ 257

29. Jerusalem Yeshivot and Sages in the Late 17th Century, Shalem, Vol. 2 (1976), pp. 113 ‑ 192.

30. Yalkut Shimoni and the solution of the Remazim Problem (Rabbi H. Z. Finkel Edition of tha Yalkut Shimoni), Moriah No. 8 ‑ 10 (1978) pp. 60 ‑ 92.

31. Vicissitudes of pilpul: 17TH ‑ 19TH Century. Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, The Conference of Tradition and Crisis Revisited: Jewish Society and Thought, the Threshold of Modernity (October 10‑12, 1988).

32. 9 Entries in the Hebrew Encylopaedia: Rambam, Rabbi Meshulam B. R. Yaacob of Lunel, Rabbi David Pardo, Rabbi Yehuda Lubetzki, Rabbi Shmuel b. Eli, Rabbi Simcha of Speyer. Rabbi Shimshon of Sens, Tosefta, Talmud Bavli (Vol. 32 ff. 857 ‑ 895  39 col.!)

33. 41 Entries in the Encyclopeadia Judaica: Haggahot, Haggahot Maimoniot, Hadran, Ha‑Chinuch, Rabbi Shimshon of Sens, Ha‑Colbo, Rabbi Aharon author of Orchot Chayim, Rabbi Moshe of Coucy, Rabbi Isaac Or Zarua, Rabbi Shmuel B. Eli, Rabbi Yaacob B. Shahin, Rabbi Yehuda B. Binyamin Anav, Rabbi Yechiel B. Yekutiel Anav, Rabbi Gershom B. Shlomo and his son, Rabbi Elisha B. Abraham, Rabbi Hizkia B. Yaacob of Magdeburg, Rabbi Isaac B. Abraham, Rabbi Isaac B. Abraham of Narbonne, Rabbi Isaac B. Asher, Rabbi Isaac B. Asher the Bachur, Rabbi Isaac B. Eliezer Segal, Rabbi Isaac B. Yehuda, Rabbi Isaac Ha‑Lavan, Rabbi Isaac B. Mordechai, Rabbi Isaac B. Meir, Rabbi Isaac of Orvil, Rabbi Isaac B. Todrus, Rabbi Yehuda Sirleon, Rabbi David Ha‑Cochavi, Rabbi Manoch, Rabbi Rabbi Meshulam B. Yaacob of lunel, Rabbi Mair B. Boruch, Rabbi Mair B. Shimeon Ha‑Meili, Rabbi Prachia B. Nissim, Rabbi Shmuel of Shleztat and Mordechai, Rabbi Simcha of speyer, Rabbi Isaac of Merwan, Rabbi David Pardo, Rabbi Hananel B. Shmuel, Rabbi Shmiel Ha‑Sardi, Rabbi Yehuda Lubetzki

34. Digest of the Responsa Literature of Spain and North Africa, Edited by Menachem Elon, Subliment 1: Various Sources, pp. 305 ‑ 312; Sublement 2: Comments on the Various Sources, pp. 313 ‑ 319. Jerusalem 1981.

35. On the Littrary Canonization as a base for the periodic separation in Halacha, Researches in Talmudic Literature, in Honour of Shaul Liberman, Publications of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem 1983. pp. 148 ‑ 192.

36. The Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna, A Paper submited to The Conference in Harvard University, on Jewish Thought in the 18th Century. Spring 1984.

37. The Date of Maimonides Birth (and his Genealogy), Daat No. 15 (1985), pp. 67 ‑ 79.

38. The Aramaic Translation of Ruth ‑ A Volgate Translation? Sidra No. 2 (1986)' pp. 25 ‑ 36.

39. The Torah Scrol that Rabbi Nissim of Gerona wrote for himself, Alei Sefer No. 12 (1986), pp. 5 ‑ 34.

40. New Responses of the Rashba in Hilchot Nidah from A Manuscript, Memory Book in Honor of Rabbi B. Zolti, Jerusalem 1986, pp. 219 ‑ 244.

41. More on the Takkanot of Rabbi Gershom Ma`or Ha‑Gola, their authenticate, authoritativenes, Shnaton Ha‑Mishpat Ha‑ Ivri, Vol. 11 ‑ 12 (1984 ‑ 1986), pp. 317 ‑ 335.

42. The Takkanot of rabbenu Gershom Ma`or Ha‑Gola in Family Law and the dates of their authoritative, Oraitha No. 15 (1986), pp. 277 ‑ 280.

43. Intellectual Creativity, A Chapter of: The Jews in Ottoman Egypt (1517 ‑ 1914), Edited by Jacob M. Landau, Jerusalem 1988, pp. 245 ‑ 310.

44. Prolegomena to A Critical Edition of Rashi`s Commentary to the Talmud, in: A Tentative Catalogue of Manuscripts of the Rashi Commentary to the Talmud, Ramat‑Gan 1988. pp. 3 ‑ 10.

45. The Response of Rabbi Yeshuah Shababo Didia Zain "Sha`arei Yeshuah", Published the first time from A Manuscript, Introduction, Jerusalem 1988, pp. 11 ‑ 18.

46. Hukim and Mishpatym, in the Bible, Hazal Writings and in the Rambam thoughts, A Book in Honor of Prof. I. D. Gilat, Bar‑Ilan University Publication, 1955, pp. 135-166.

47. A New Light on the Methods of the Tanaim, A Book im Honor of Prof. M. A. Rakman. Bar‑Ilan University Publication, 1954, pp. 73-89.

48. Some Principle in the Oral Law, Higayon, (A Journal for Logoc and Halacha, The Department of Mathematics), 3 (1995), pp.28-41 , Bar Ilan University Publication.




51. A Facsimile of The Responsa of Rashba and the "Halakhot Pesukoth min Ha‑Geonim", Constantinople Edition 1517, with an Introduction on the Relation between this issue and the Orhoth Hayim, and the beginning of the Printing in Constantinople. The Hebrew National and University Library Publication.

52. Havlin S. Z., ‘Vicissitudes on the Shulhan aruch in the 16th century, Shlem, Yad ben zvi

53. Havlin S. Z., ‘To decide according majority or according ancestry’ (textual tradition), memorial book in honor of Prof. I. Tverski of Harvard University, Hebrew University and Magnes press.

54. Havlin S. Z. ‘The beginning of the disputation on the twilight in the halakha’, asufot, yad harav nisim institute.



55. Alei Sefer, No. 11 (1984 [1985])

56. Alei Sefer, No. 12 [1986]

57. Alei Sefer, No. 13 [1986]

58. Alei Sefer, No. 14 [1987]

59. Alei Sefer, No. 15 [1988 ‑ 1989]

60. Alei Sefer, No. 16 [1990]

61. Alei Sefer, A Special Issue: A Catalog of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Rabbinical Seminar in Rome, Rome ‑ Jerusalem 1991

62. Alei Sefer, No. 17 [1993]

63. Alei Sefer, No. 18 [1998]

64. Alei Sefer, No. 19 [in preparation]

65. A Tentative Catalogue of Manuscripts of the Rashi Commentary to the Talmud, Ramat‑Gan 1988.



66. 5 Rezenzies in Alei Sefer 12 (1986) pp. 137 ‑ 151

67. 4 Rezenzies in Alei Sefer 14 (1987) pp. 169 ‑ 171

68. 2 Rezenzies in Alei Sefer 15 (1988 ‑ 1989) pp. 143 ‑ 163

69. 10 Rezenzies in Alei Sefer 16 (1990) pp. 153 ‑ 187

70. 12 Rezenzies in Alei Sefer 17 (1993) pp. 151 – 173