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Artscroll is a line of translations, books and commentaries from an Orthodox Jewish perspective published by Mesorah Publications, Ltd., based in Brooklyn, New York.

Artscroll publishes books on a variety of Jewish subjects. They are probably best known for their translation of Siddur, the best-selling "The Artscroll Siddur", the line of Bible commentary works, and their hebrew-English translation of and commentary on the Babylonian Talmud.

This line of books hews to an historical Ultra-Orthodox Jewish perspective accepting midrashic accounts as fact, and ignoring or deriding much modern non-Ultra-Orthodox historical scholarship.

Artscroll has been criticized for editing its books to exclude views and incidents that do not fit in with current Ultra-Orthodox views.

Modern Orthodox disagreements with Artscroll methodology: A (http://www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/v27/mj_v27i01) B (http://www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/v27/mj_v27i17#CEM) C (http://www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/v27/mj_v27i17) D (http://www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/v20/mj_v20i46) E (http://www.shamash.org/listarchives/mail-jewish/volume12/v12n80)

See also: Ultra-Orthodox Judaism


"Truth and Compassion: Essays on Religion in Judaism" Ed. H. Joseph et al. [Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1983]; see the article by Rabbi B. Barry Levy "Our Torah, Your Torah and Their Torah: An Evaluation of the Artscroll phenomenon."

"Judge Not a Book By Its Cover" B. Barry Levy, "Tradition" Vol. 19(1), Spring 1981, p.89-95

An exchange of letters on "Judge Not a Book by its Cover" "Tradition", 1982, pages 370-375.

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