Organisation: Tirza Kelman, Dr. Susanne Härtel
Legal texts constitute one of the major parts of Judaism‘s written record. However, historians of cultural and social history rarely use them as sources for research on past Jewish life and thinking. In this one-day workshop, Tirza Kelman will provide an introduction into Jewish law (halakha) and will read from a number of primary texts together with the participants. The focus will be on legal developments from the early modern period up to the present. Special attention will be payed to juxtaposing the Sephardic with the Ashkenazi tradition. The seminar’s aim is to make historians familiar with Jewish law as an important and fascinating source of history they can include in their own studies.
The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first one, Tirza Kelman will present an introductory overview of the history of halakha. She will address:
- What is a halakhic text?
- What kind of different genres exist (legal tractates, responsa literature, etc.)?
- How does halakha change over time and space?
- Who today deals with halakhic texts – and who does not? How can legal texts be used as a historical source?
In the second part, the participants will read and discuss a number of primary texts. The workshop will be run interactively and there will be ample time for questions and comments. The
workshop is explicitly aimed at researchers who have little or no experience working with Jewish legal texts and would like to get an introduction into the field. Hebrew language skills are not required as the participants will work with English translations.
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Tirza Kelman, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Department of Jewish Thought), has just handed in her dissertation under the title: “’I Shall Create Halakhic Ruling… for that is the objective’: The Halakhic Ruling in Joseph Caro’s Beit Yosef”, supervised by Prof. Rami Reiner. Her article “’Written with iron and lead letter in print’: The print revolution and the creation of the Beit Yossef” was published in the August 2017 volume of Pe‘amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry.
Her M.A thesis was written in the same department and was also supervised by Prof. Rami Reiner under the title: “The Use of Ashkenazi Decisors in the Beit Yossef, Yore De‘a 183–200 as a Case Study”.