Talmudic Astrology: Is Israel’s Fate Determined by the Stars?
Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein / August 11, 2020
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Drisha Kollel, Shiur Klali, July 10, 2020 Talmudic stories typically appear as “solitary” stories integrated within the Talmud’s legal or aggadic discussions and serve a variety of purposes. However, there are some cases of “story-cycles” of three or more stories in succession (sometimes over twenty stories), and these collections have their own function and purpose. We will examine one such story-cycle from Bavli Shabbat 156b, three stories about astrology, to understand its structure, function, literary aspects and meaning.
Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Rubenstein
Rabbi Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, Ph.D., Skirball Professor of Jewish Thought & Literature at New York University, and author of a number of books and articles.