Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer
|Excessive drinking on Purim is recommended by the amora Rabbah, in a rare Aramaic ruling that is followed by a strange account of a drunk Rabbah slaughtering his colleague, R. Zeira, at a Purim feast. What are we to make of this shocking law and story, and what do can they teach us about the unique, carnivalesque quality of Purim?
Continue reading Purim: A Day Beyond Full Rabbinic Control
The historical context within which to read the Talmudic discussions of kiddushin.
Prof. Michael Satlow Continue reading A Detached Kiddushin
What the unique corpus of magical texts inscribed on bowls can teach us about the diffusion of the rabbinic laws of divorce in late antique Babylonia.
Avigail Manekin Bamberger Continue reading Naming Demons: The Aramaic Incantation Bowls and Gittin
The Midrashic Development and Antiquity of the Oral Torah, and the Source Critical Demonstration of the “First Mishna”
Prof. Michael Chernick Continue reading The Modern Study of Mishna: Rabbi Dr. David Zvi Hoffmann’s Approach
A Talmudic story (b. Sanhderin 19a-b) explores the separation of sovereign and judicial powers and the escalation that results when a judge seeks to exert his own authority Continue reading The Story of Shimon B. Shetah’s Attempt to Judge King Yannai
The Dead Sea Scrolls Tefillin and the Making of an Urban Legend
Dr. Yehudah Cohn Continue reading The Real Origins of the Rashi, Rabbenu Tam Tefillin Dispute
Justice beyond the Boundaries of Human Jurisdiction
Dr. Rabbi Avraham Walfish Continue reading The Measure of Tractate Sotah
The Mishnah’s rewrite of the Biblical ritual
Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi Continue reading The Sotah Spectacle
How and why the Bavli reworked the tale and turned the Sadducee into an inglorious martyr
Dr. Yonatan Feintuch Continue reading The Tale of the Sadducee who Incorrectly Prepared the Yom Kippur Ketoret
The Mishnah states there are four Rosh Hoshanah’s and periods of Judgement. How is the 1st of Tishre different?
Dr. Rabbi Avraham Walfish Continue reading Composing Rosh Hashanah as a Day of Judgement
Exploring the uniqueness of Tractate Nazir and what it teaches us about Talmudic transmission Continue reading Tractate Nazir: A Talmudic Outlier