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Eating and Community: Creation and Demarcation

Rabbi Dr. Yosef Bronstein / January 6, 2021

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In this class we will explore the intersection between two major topics of Jewish law and culture: food and community.  From the sectarians and rabbis of old to contemporary Hasidic groups, Jews have identified the social elements of eating as ways of creating and demarcating communities.  Through a variety of Jewish texts and practices we will see how the questions of whom to break bread with and whom not is a key portal to understanding how different Jewish communities conceptualized their identities and missions.


Session 1 - 01/04/2021


Session 2 - 01/06/2021



Posted: 01/04/2021

Posted: 01/06/2021

Source Sheets

  Source 1 Posted: 01/04/2021
  Source 2 Posted: 01/06/2021

Rabbi Dr. Yosef Bronstein

Rabbi Dr. Yosef Bronstein received rabbinic ordination from RIETS, and a PhD in Talmudic Studies from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies with a focus on Midrash Halakha. 

He currently teaches Jewish philosophy and halakha at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) and online for Yeshiva University’s Isaac Breuer College.  His books, Engaging the Essence: The Philosophy of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (Maggid Books) and Reshimot Shiurim shel Maran ha-Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik al Masekhet Kiddushin are, God willing, forthcoming.


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