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The Printed Word and the End (?!) of Traditional Torah Authority

Dr. Devora Steinmetz / December 25, 2012

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With the advent of printing, the Rambam organized Halakhah into easily navigable categories through compiling the Mishnah Torah, rendering himself supreme arbiter by default. What opposition did he encounter and what do subsequent print publications reveal about the struggle for Halakhic authority? Recorded 12/26/12 as part of Drisha's Winter Week of Learning




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Dr. Devora Steinmetz

Dr. Devora Steinmetz serves on the faculty of Drisha Institute in the United States and Israel and on the leadership team of Drisha’s new yeshiva in Israel. The founder of Beit Rabban, she is the author of scholarly articles on Talmud, Midrash, and Bible as well as of two books: From Father to Son: Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis and Punishment and Freedom: The Rabbinic Construction of Criminal Law. Dr. Steinmetz also serves on the faculty of the Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Devora Steinmetz.


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