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The Trial of the Talmud

The Trial of the Talmud

MRB September 28, 2017 0

Anti-Judaism and the Talmud in Medieval French Society The thirteenth century was a tumultuous time for the Jews of France. New regulations limited Jews’ ability to charge interest on loans and take pledges. Jewish

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First Impressions #99: Aaron Hughes on the American Jewish Iconoclast, Jacob Neusner

First Impressions #99: Aaron Hughes on the American Jewish Iconoclast, Jacob Neusner

Kristian Petersen December 19, 2016 0

Because of Jacob Neusner, the scholarly study of Judaism flourishes in secular universities, not just rabbinical schools. Kristian Petersen talks with Aaron W. Hughes, Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and

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First Impressions # 95: Eva Mroczek on the Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity

First Impressions # 95: Eva Mroczek on the Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity

Joseph Ryan Kelly October 25, 2016 0

There was no such thing as the Bible when ancient Jewish literature was composed. With a more expansive view of sources, we can glimpse our way into a completely different picture of how ancient

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First Impressions # 92: Christine Hayes on the Nature of Divine Law

First Impressions # 92: Christine Hayes on the Nature of Divine Law

Joseph Ryan Kelly October 4, 2016 0

Greco-Roman conceptions of divine and human law forced Judaism to examine and debate the divine identity of Mosaic law. In this special extended edition of First Impressions, Joseph Ryan Kelly talks with Christine Hayes,

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Feeling Sorry the Wrong Way – by Anthony Bash

Feeling Sorry the Wrong Way – by Anthony Bash

Anthony Bash August 29, 2016 0

Anthony Bash on David Lambert’s How Repentance Became Biblical In some ways, regret, repentance, and remorse are popular emotions in the modern world. Public apologies for personal wrongdoing or for national, corporate, or institutional

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Problems of Poverty and the Recently Impoverished – By John Mandsager

Problems of Poverty and the Recently Impoverished – By John Mandsager

John Mandsager August 16, 2016 0

John Mandsager on Gregg Gardner’s The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism According to Suetonius (Lives of the Twelve Caesars, II.91), once a year, the Emperor Augustus would don beggars’ garb and spend

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The Death of God, Again by Ed Simon

The Death of God, Again by Ed Simon

Ed Simon May 10, 2016 2

The fullest affirmation of God comes in His denial. A young, attractive blonde woman with a fashionable pixie haircut sits anxiously in the waiting room of her exclusive Upper West Side gynecologist’s office. She

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First Impressions #78: Benjamin Sommer on Revelation and Authority in Judaism

First Impressions #78: Benjamin Sommer on Revelation and Authority in Judaism

Joseph Ryan Kelly March 28, 2016 0

Can the religious texts and traditions of Judaism be authoritative and sacred while also being human and sometimes fallible? Joseph Ryan Kelly talks with Benjamin D. Sommer about his new book, Revelation and Authority:

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Scripture in the Age of Non-mechanical Reproduction – By Mira Balberg

Scripture in the Age of Non-mechanical Reproduction – By Mira Balberg

Mira Balberg February 13, 2016 0

Mira Balberg on Robert Gregg’s Shared Stories, Rival Tellings In 1996, when DreamWorks Pictures decided to produce an animated musical about the life of Moses and the exodus out of Egypt, they invited to

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The Sagacious Scholar and the Censor – By Adam Ferziger

The Sagacious Scholar and the Censor – By Adam Ferziger

Adam Ferziger February 13, 2016 0

Adam Ferziger on Marc Shapiro’s Changing the Immutable Halfway through this exceedingly erudite and equally disturbing study, Marc Shapiro tells a story that illustrates why he has earned a reputation as Orthodox Judaism’s preeminent

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