Rabbinic Authority and Personal Autonomy in Early Rabbinic Law: Three Case Studies

Day: Thursdays

Date: February 4 - February 18, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $0.00

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This course examines how an individual’s knowledge of their body and psyche impacts halakhah, a fact that demonstrates the tension between that knowledge and rabbinic expertise and authority. The various topics to be considered include a sick person eating on Yom Kippur, the law of Niddah and the application of the mais alai claim within divorce law.

Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson

Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson is a scholar of Talmud and Jewish law, and serves as assistant professor of law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. She received a B.A. from the Hebrew University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. She is also a graduate of the MaTaN Advanced Talmud Institute and the Beit Morasha Program in Jewish Law. In 2017-2018 she was the Gruss Visiting Professor of Jewish Law at Harvard Law School, and she has also served as a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Her first book is entitled Law and Self-Knowledge in the Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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