This volume is devoted to the texts, traditions, and practices of the Land of Israel from the end of the Second Temple period through late antiquity. Based upon a conference organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, this collection uses a range of critical methodologies and sources, including the Palestinian and Babylonian Talmudim, archaeology, and Samaritan and Jewish liturgical poetry. It presents a vibrant, complex, and multi-layered series of snapshots of rabbinic culture, written by leading contemporary scholars.
Shana Strauch Schick, Ph.D. (2011), Yeshiva University, is a lecturer in Talmud at Shalem College in Jerusalem and a fellow at Yeshiva University’s Center for Israel Studies. Her first book is Intention in Talmudic Jurisprudence: Between Thought and Deed (Brill, 2021).
Contributors are Elisha Fine, Steven Fine, Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Stuart S. Miller, Yael Wilfand, Nachman Levine, Shlomo Zuckier, Laura Lieber, Moshe Bernstein, Alyssa M. Gray, Barak Cohen, Meira Wolkenfeld, Shana Strauch Schick, Lawrence Schiffman, and Shai Secunda.
Preface List of Illustrations Contributors
Part 1 Torat Erets Yisrael
1 Rabbinic Paleontology: Jewish Encounters with Fossil Giants in Roman Antiquity Elisha Fine and Steven Fine
2 Tosefta Eduyot 1:1 On the Fear of Losing Torah and the Redaction of Tannaitic Materials Michal Bar-Asher Siegal
3 Minhag and Popular Practice in Roman Palestine Stuart Miller
4 The Roman Freedman and the Ḥalal: The Legal Models That Shaped Rabbinic Law on the Status of Converts in Marriage Yael Wilfand
5 Shimon b. Shatah, the Donkey, and the Diamond: The Treasure and the Blessing, Law and Artistry Nachman Levine
6 Whence Leprosy? An Inquiry into the Theodicies of the Tannaim Shlomo Zuckier
7 Feasting, Fasting, and the Bounty of the Land: Rituals of Sukkot in Samaritan and Rabbinic Antiquity Laura Lieber
8 Two Parallel Consolatory Poems for Tisha be’Av in Aramaic and Hebrew Moshe Bernstein
Part 2 Torat Erets Yisrael in Babylonia
9 The Motif of the Forgetting and Restoration of Law: An Inter-Talmudic Difference about the Divine Role in Rabbinic Law Alyssa Gray
10 The Use of Literary Considerations as a Key for Assessing the Reliability of Memrot in the Babylonian Talmud: The Case of the Lo Shanu Ela Traditions Barak Cohen
11 Cultural Attitudes towards Scent in the Interpretation of Isaiah 11:3 Meira Wolkenfeld
12 “And God Blessed Them”: Procreation in Palestinian Halakhah and Babylonian Aggadah Shana Strauch Schick
Part 3 Tributes to Yaakov Elman
13 Remembering Yaakov Elman ז״ל Lawrence Schiffman
14 Perpetual Motion Shai Secunda
15 Professor Yaakov Elman: A Talmud Scholar of Singular Depth and Scope Shana Strauch Schick
16 A Tribute to Professor Yaakov Elman Meira Wolkenfeld
List of Yaakov Elman’s Publications Index
This book will be of interest to academics in the fields of rabbinic literature, critical textual readings of the development of rabbinic texts, aggada and midrash, and philology.