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Fixing God's Torah: The Accuracy of the Hebrew Bible Text in Jewish Law

B. Barry Levy

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780195141139
eISBN:
9780199834945
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514113X.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Many scholars and learned readers believe that rabbinic Judaism assumes a dogmatic commitment to the notion that the Bible text, particularly the Torah text, is letter perfect; orthodox Jews often ... More


“How Nice is This Bread!”: Intersections of Talmudic Scholasticism and Foreign Food Restrictions

David M. Freidenreich

in Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253216
eISBN:
9780520950276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253216.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Talmuds contain a considerable number of passages regarding foreign food restrictions, each with its own set of intricacies and complications. Zvi Arie Steinfeld has analyzed many of these ... More


The Vilna Talmud as a Reflection of Changing Patterns of Study

Edward Fram

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 33: Jewish Religious Life in Poland since 1750

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781906764753
eISBN:
9781800852044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764753.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the publication of the Babylonian Talmud by ’the Widow and Brothers Romm’ between 1880 and 1886 in Vilna, which is considered a landmark event from the perspective of rabbinic ... More


Ravad of Posquières: A Programmatic Essay

Haym Soloveitchik

in Collected Essays: Volume III

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781904113997
eISBN:
9781800851061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113997.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on Ravad of Posquières, 'the greatest of Maimonidean critics'. Ravad's Hassagot were a sparsely disseminated work. Throughout the medieval period, when Ravad's influence was both ... More


What Is Talmud?

Sergey Dolgopolski

in What Is Talmud?: The Art of Disagreement

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229345
eISBN:
9780823236725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229345.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter addresses the question: What is Talmud? According to Gaon, the Talmud originated from a project of emending the printed Talmudic texts based on considerations of his own and others' ... More


Rabbinic Thought

Menachem Kellner

in Must a Jew Believe Anything?

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774495
eISBN:
9781800340398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774495.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at how later generations of Jews have looked back into the talmudic texts and found therein various ideas for which rabbinic authority is then claimed. This often leads to reading ... More


Angels

Menachem Kellner

in Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113294
eISBN:
9781800340381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113294.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explains that one of the prominent characteristics of the world that Maimonides consciously rejected is its angelology. There are a number of aspects of traditional beliefs about angels ... More


The Making and the Maintenance of the Image of the Gaon of Vilna

Shaul Stampfer

in Families, Rabbis and Education: Essays on Traditional Jewish Society in Eastern Europe

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774853
eISBN:
9781800340909
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774853.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter details the development of the image of the Vilna Gaon, one of the best-known east European Jews. The Gaon left few disciples and a very problematic literary heritage. He wrote enigmatic ... More


The Struggle of the Mitnagedim and Maskilim against Hasidism: Rabbi Jacob Emden and Judah Leib Mieses

Yehuda Friedlander

in New Perspectives on the Haskalah

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774617
eISBN:
9781800340145
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774617.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter assesses the struggle of the mitnagedim and the maskilim against hasidism. With its insularity, mysticism, and cult of the tsadik or spiritual leader, hasidism was seen by the maskilim ... More


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