Dr. Barry Wimpfheimer is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Law at Northwestern University, where he also serves as Director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. Wimpfheimer received rabbinical ordination at Yeshiva University and a Ph.D in Religion at Columbia University. His Massive Open Online Course entitled “The Talmud: A Methodological Introduction” will be available on Coursera in early April. You can pre-enroll at https://www.coursera.org/
Articles by the Author
Purim: A Day Beyond Full Rabbinic Control
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?