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Charity in the Talmud: Religious Feelings and Macroeconomics
January 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm$18
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The Talmud expresses its values and commitments through law and legal institutions. But legal rules and bureaucracy sometimes develop into static entities that stifle individual ethical imperatives. This lecture will discuss a talmudic passage about charity that tries to juggle these commitments.
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Barry Scott Wimpfheimer specializes in the Talmud and other Rabbinic Literature. His 2005 Columbia University doctoral dissertation entitled “Legal Narratives in the Babylonian Talmud” was awarded the Salo and Jeanette Baron Prize in Jewish Studies in 2007.
Wimpfheimer’s work focuses on the Babylonian Talmud as a work of law and literature. His book Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories implicates a new methodology of reading talmudic law thickly by incorporating oft-ignored cultural concerns within its understanding of the law. The result of such an expansion is a textured description of Jewish law and an illuminating window onto rabbinic Judaism in Babylonia.