Category Archives: Fast Days

Halakhic Innovation

I know this is a bit off-topic, but this article from today’s Haaretz is relevant to the general theme of my series on the evolution of the oral law. It raises a question we raised since our first class in … Continue reading

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Going…going…where? Goodbye to Prophecy

We know that between the last of the prophets and the beginning of the Mishnah, Judaism underwent a major change.  Avot describes this period in just a sentence or two.  The Rambam takes several paragraphs to explain it.  But nobody … Continue reading

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Takkanot – The Torah adapts to new realities

The Mishnah marks the culmination of the transition from Prophetic Judaism to Rabbinic Judaism.  The period before that – from the time of Ezra to the establishment of the Anshei Knesset Hagedolah (Men of the Great Assembly) – is the … Continue reading

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From God’s Mouth? Introduction to a New Course

Recently, I began studying the development of Torah Shebe’al peh with my students in Jerusalem.  The course is entitled From God’s Mouth? — The Evolution of The Oral Law  and it meets at the Fuchsberg Center Wednesday mornings.   Our goal … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Tent

Tomorrow, January 5th,  marks the Tenth of Tevet, a dawn-to-nightfall fast day commemorating the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem in the first temple period (586 BCE).  As with other fast days during the year, more than one historical tragedy … Continue reading

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The Three Weeks — Jews Just Don’t Wanna Have Fun (preface)

Dani Sanderson — \”Just Me & My Surfboard\” — What if there were no \’bein hametzorim\’? Introduction A religious act or observance is a juncture of law, custom and superstition. It’s also an expression of belief in a system that … Continue reading

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