Rabbi Soloveitchik isolates a variety of types of repentance that emerge from the classical Jewish texts. In this paper, I reflect upon three of them, their inter-relationship and their philosophical significance – concentrating especially on the following question, in what...
- September 23, 2012
- 22 Min Read
The Talmud debates whether there is such a thing as ‘breira’ or not. ‘Breira’ literally means clarification, but in the Talmudic debate that I’m talking about, it would better be translated as retroactive clarification…. or something like that. If a...
- July 15, 2012
- 4 Min Read
The religious significance of Metaphysics: A tangent from the symposium on Eli Hirsch’s paper on Identity in the Talmud
In our discussions of Eli Hirsch’s paper, this week, Aaron Segal raised the following criticism of Hirsch’s general approach to the Talmud. Segal said: ‘We might wonder whether Hirsch’s assumption [that the disputants in the Talmud were making claims...
- August 17, 2011
- 51 Min Read