Dr. Rabbi Aryeh Cohen is Professor of Rabbinic Literature at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University. He received his ordination from the Ziegler School in 2010. His latest book is Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism. He is also the Rabbi-in-Residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. He blogs at Justice in the City (Justice-in-the-city.com) where many of his articles (academic and popular) can also be found.
Articles by the Author
The Prozbul: A Narrative Generated by a Pre-Existing Law
The Mishna (Gittin 4:3) states that Hillel established the prozbul to bypass the biblical remission of debts after the shemitah (sabbatical) year. In this essay I suggest that prozbul is one and the same as “one who submits his contracts to the court” that appears in the preceding Mishnah (Gittin 4:2), and is in fact part of a midrashic explanation of the biblical warning against not lending money in the years leading up to the seventh year.