Hakol Kol Yaakov

The Joel Roth Jubilee Volume


Hakol Kol Yaakov: The Joel Roth Jubilee Volume contains twenty articles dedicated to Rabbi Joel Roth, written by colleagues and students. Some are academic articles in the general area of Talmud and Rabbinics, while others are rabbinic responsa that treat an issue of contemporary Jewish law. In his career, Joel Roth has been known as a scholar and teacher of Talmud par excellence, and, without question, as the preeminent decisor of Jewish law for the Conservative movement of his generation. In the meticulous style and approach of the Talmud scholarship of his generation, Roth painstakingly and precisely assayed the vast array of rabbinic legal sources, and proceeded to apply these in pedagogy, in scholarship and particularly in the production of contemporary legal responsa. The articles in this volume reflect the unique and integrated voice and vision that Joel Roth has brought to the American Jewish community.
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Robert A. Harris, Ph.D. (1997) is Professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Harris is the author of Discerning Parallelism: A Study in Northern French Medieval Jewish Biblical Exegesis (2004), and Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency: Commentaries (2018), and has published widely in the history of medieval Biblical exegesis.

Jonathan S. Milgram, Ph.D. (2007) is Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary; has published articles and reviews in academic journals; and is author of From Mesopotamia to the Mishnah: Tannaitic Inheritance Law in its Legal and Social Contexts (Mohr Siebeck, 2016; paperback : Academic Studies Press, 2019).
Notes on Contributors
List of Donors
Arnold M. Eisen, Philip Scheim and Mitchell Cohen
To Our Father
Ariel Roth, on behalf of the Roth Children
Bibliography of the Writings of Rabbi Joel Roth
Noah Bickart and Akiva Roth

1 Halakhah, Theology and Psychology: The Case of Maimonides and Obadiah the Proselyte
Eliezer Diamond

2 Providing References for Schools or Jobs, HM 28:1.2014
Elliott Dorff and Marc Gary

3 Mikveh and the Sanctity of Being Created Human
Susan Grossman

4 On the Recitation of “Amen” between Ge’ulah and Tefillah of the Shaharit Service
Robert A. Harris

5 Nishmat Kol Hai: A Literary and Spiritual Commentary
Jeff Hoffman

6 Mar’it Ozen: From the Ancient Water-mill to Automated Electronic Devices
Joshua Kulp and Jason Rogoff

7 Who Gets a Voice at the Table?: Eating and Blessing with Rav Naḥman
Marjorie Lehman

8 Contemporary Criteria for the Declaration of Death
Daniel S. Nevins

9 Big Data Meets the Shulḥan Arukh
Michael Pitkowsky

10 The Joint Bet Din of the Conservative Movement
Mayer E. Rabinowitz

11 Balancing Rabbinic Authority and Personal Freedom in the Modern Age
Avram Israel Reisner and Murray Singerman

12 The Death of Rabbi Eliezer: Bavli Sanhedrin 68a
Jeffrey L. Rubenstein

13 Ve-Shuv Limlakhah u-Shvut: An Older Theoretical Framework
Marcus Mordecai Schwartz

14 From Confidence to Confusion: Structure and Meaning in Psalm 27
Benjamin D. Sommer

15 Elucidating Talmudic suryaqe—an Exercise in Talmudic Lexicography
Shamma Friedman

16 Open Ye the Gates: Procedure for Returning the Torah to the Ark
Joseph H. Prouser

17 היגיון ולשון: התפתחותה של סוגית ״אתי דיבור ומבטל דיבור״
נח בנימין ביקרט

18 תשובה בעניין ביקורת המקרא
דוד גולינקין

19 עיון בסוגיית ״הוא לפדות ובנו לפדות״ (בכורות מט ע״ב)
י״ש מילגראם

20 רבי משה יהודה עבאס—חכם שנשכח: על קורותיו וכתביו שטרם ראו אור
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The readership will consist primarily of academics interested in the critical study of Talmud and related sources; the development of Jewish law; and rabbis in the field.
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