‘An Eye for an Eye’ and Other Examples of Rabbinic Reinterpretation – Daniel Reifman

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Date(s) - 06/26/2017 - 07/17/2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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The rabbis’ interpretation of biblical laws is integral to the early development of halakhah, yet their readings – as in the infamous case of “an eye for an eye” – often seem divorced from the pshat (straightforward meaning) of the text.  What principles guided the rabbis’ interpretation of biblical law?  How did other factors – such as social, cultural or ethical considerations – influence their understanding?  How can we as modern readers come to terms with the disparity between the pshat of the text and the rabbis’ interpretations? And what do we mean by pshat, anyway?

Mondays, 6-7:30pm

4 sessions: June 26, July 3, 10, 17

Tuition: $100