Conference Proceeding: The Forgery of the Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Kodashim: How Were So Many Fooled?

The history of the Jewish Book includes numerous forgeries and false authorships. In my presentation, I want to focus on a specific event that demonstrates how scholars and rabbis can be easily fooled by forgeries. In the early 20th century, an unknown scholar, Shlomo Freidlander, presented a Seder Kodashim from the Talmud Yerushalmi which was thought not to exist. Many were eager to accept this new addition to the canon of Jewish sacred texts. I will present documents and other evidence showing how Friedlander built the case of its acceptance, and try to understand how the leading scholars of the time were convinced.