David Weiss Halivni z’l (1927-2022) was a revolutionary in two separate intellectual arenas- talmudic analysis and Jewish theology. As an academic scholar of talmud, Halivni innovated the notion that much of the Talmud was produced by a group of unnamed editors whom he called Stammaim. As a theologian, he worked to process both his own and the communal experience of the Holocaust in religious terms. We will learn about Halivni’s work and discuss how this Talmud theory and unique theology might inform one another.
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BARRY SCOTT WIMPFHEIMER is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Law at Northwestern University. Wimpfheimer specialized in the study of Jewish Law and the Rabbinic Tradition, particularly in the Babylonian Talmud. His book The Talmud: A Biography was published as part of Princeton University Press’ Lives of Great Religious Books series in Spring 2018.
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