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Irven Resnick

truths almost exclusively by an appeal to reason. At the same time, during the twelfth century there appear accusations directed against the Talmud as a source of Jewish error and blasphemy. 1 It is largely for his attack upon the Talmud that Peter the Venerable’s (d. 1156) anti-Jewish polemic

Chanan Gafni

Introduction As one might expect, critical approaches to rabbinic literature, and particularly to the Talmud, flourished among liberal elements in nineteenth-century Jewry. 1 Naturally, thinkers whose aim was to introduce further alterations to Jewish law found backing for their reformist

R. Hayyim Soloveitchik and Academic Talmudic Hermeneutics

Proper Intention in the Preparation of Jewish Ritual Objects

Yuval Blankovsky

1 Introduction R. Hayyim Soloveitchik (1851–1918, also known as “ Reb Hayyim mi-Brisk ”) is considered the innovator and founder of the Brisker method. 1 This method, after being developed and refined, became the dominant method of Talmud study in the ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi Yeshivas for

Yuval Blankovsky

1 Introduction The following Talmudic discussion about decapitation penalty techniques has attracted the attention of many scholars. At first glance, it is surprising that this relatively short Talmudic discussion, at the center of which stands the Tannaitic dispute about the specific technique of

Sergey Dolgopolski

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 JJTP 20.1 Also available online – brill.nl/jjtp DOI: 10.1163/147728512X629790 WHO THINKS IN THE TALMUD? Sergey Dolgopolski University at Buffalo, SUNY Abstract This article traces a historical shift, and in particular its erasure from memory on the intellectual

Jacob Neusner

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 Review of Rabbinic Judaism 13.2 Also available online – brill.nl/rrj DOI: 10.1163/157007010X536276 SAGE-STORIES IN THE TWO TALMUDS: HOW THE DOCUMENTS DIFFER Jacob Neusner Institute for Advanced Theology, Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000, USA

Lynn Kaye

present the temporal concepts of permanence and endurance. I do argue that increased conceptualization in the Babylonian Talmud, especially in the editorial layer, increases frequency of metaphoric applications of קבע. But rabbis using this root from the tannaitic period onward seem to have been

Emmanuel Friedheim

through sermons, but, surprisingly enough, not by absolute prohibition. The influences of pagan music increased toward the Talmudic period, while the halakhic prohibitions waned. This paradox requires an explanation. In our opinion, the way the sages treated pagan music was one aspect of their complex

Jacob Neusner

The Prophets of Scripture are subverted by the Rabbis of the Talmud and Midrash. In the Rabbinic canon the Prophets are represented as a mass of proof-texts, made up of one clause or sentence at a time. Scripture’s prophetic writings cited in clauses and phrases in the Rabbinic canon lose their

Alexander Seinfeld

significant literary departure from the pattern. Second, while the other Angel of Death narratives teach about the lifetime process of tikkun hanefesh , 1 this story is about a “final tikkun,” a related yet categorically different concept. The Angel of Death motif creates a bridge between the two Talmudic