The World of Doubt: Between Human and Divine, Between Law and Reality
Rabbanit Yael Shimoni / February 16, 2021
Confrontation with doubt is a central topic throughout the world of Talmudic literature. In our religious world of serving God, both for interpersonal issues and our spiritual experience, we constantly deal with doubt, both explicit and implicit. How should we live our lives as we are surrounded by doubt? This will analyze various Halakhic topics that will enrich our spiritual and intellectual discourse regarding the world of doubt.
We will touch upon two main topics:
1. When are we stringent out of doubt? Is stringency born of doubt a biblical or rabbinic principle?
2. What situations create doubt? Is our only resort to certainty through the testimony of two witnesses?
Rabbanit Yael Shimoni
Rabbanit Shimoni has learned at Migdal Oz, Matan, and the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and a BEd in Torah Shebe’al Peh and Jewish Thought from Herzog College. She is currently studying towards an MA in Jewish Thought Education at Herzog College. Rabbanit Shimoni taught gemara and halakha at Pelech High School and served as a ramit for shana bet at Migdal Oz. She directs Meshivat Nefesh, the online responsa program of the rabbaniyot of Beit Hillel. She is also a plastic artist and member of “A Studio of Her Own.