Talmudic Transgressions

Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin


Edited by Charlotte Fonrobert, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Aharon Shemesh and Moulie Vidas

Talmudic Transgressions is a collection of essays on rabbinic literature and related fields in response to the boundary-pushing scholarship of Daniel Boyarin. This work is an attempt to transgress boundaries in various ways, since boundaries differentiate social identities, literary genres, legal practices, or diasporas and homelands. These essays locate the transgressive not outside the classical traditions but in these traditions themselves, having learned from Boyarin that it is often within the tradition and in its terms that we can find challenges to accepted notions of knowledge, text, and ethnic or gender identity. The sections of this volume attempt to mirror this diverse set of topics.

Contributors include Julia Watts Belser, Jonathan Boyarin, Shamma Boyarin, Virginia Burrus, Sergey Dolgopolski, Charlotte E. Fonrobert, Simon Goldhill, Erich S. Gruen, Galit Hasan-Rokem, Christine Hayes, Adi Ophir, James Redfield, Elchanan Reiner, Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Lena Salaymeh, Zvi Septimus, Aharon Shemesh, Dina Stein, Eliyahu Stern, Moulie Vidas, Barry Scott Wimpfheimer, Elliot R. Wolfson, Azzan Yadin-Israel, Israel Yuval, and Froma Zeitlin.

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

Printing the Talmud

Complete Editions, Tractates, and Other Works and the Associated Presses from the Mid-17th Century through the 18th Century


Marvin J. Heller

Printing the Talmud: Complete Editions, Tractates and Other Works, and the Associated Presses from the Mid-17th Century through the 18th Century is a profusely illustrated major work describing the complete editions of the Talmud printed from about 1650 to slightly after 1800. Apart from the intrinsic value of those editions, their publication was often contentious due to disputes, often bitter, between rival publishers, embroiling rabbis and communities throughout Europe. The cities and editions encompassed include Amsterdam, Frankfort am Main, Frankfurt on the Oder, Prague, and Sulzbach. This edition of Printing the Talmud addresses these editions as an opening to discuss the history of the subject presses, their other titles and their general context in Jewish history.

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

Various Authors & Editors

Talmudic and Post-Talmudic Literature

In addition to the collection of Talmud Editions of Daniel Bomberg, IDC Publishers has made a selection of related titles from its Jewish Studies collection.

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