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A conference in honor of Prof. Shamma Friedman. On the occasion of his 80th birthday - 15/03/2017, Jerusalem (Israel)






FECHA/DATE/DATA: 15/03/2017


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies (Jerusalem, Israel)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies

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PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:  Disponible también en PDF /also available in PDF/anche disponibile in PDF


10:30-11:15 Greetings

Prof. Moshe Bar-Asher, President, the Academy of the Hebrew Language

Prof. Doron Bar, President, Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies,

Prof. Eliahu Assis, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar Ilan University


11:15-13:15 First Session- The Babylonian Talmud

Chair: Prof. Yeshayahu Gafni, Hebrew University


Prof. Menachem Kahana, Hebrew University: Bavli Sanhedrin 3b: A Proposal for Uncovering a Hidden Agenda in a Talmudic Sugya

Prof. Judith Hauptman, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America: ‘La Savar Lah Mar‘: Questioning Halakhic Behavior in Amoraic Discourse in the Bavli


Prof. David Golinkin, Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies:  "These Ten are for What?" (Bavli Rosh Hashanah 32a) Another Look at a 'Simple' Sugya


Prof. Matthew Morgenstern, Tel-Aviv University :The Textual Development of the Bavli: The Linguistic Evidence


13:15 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 16:00 Second Session Tannaitic Halakha​

Chair: Prof. Mordechai Akiva Friedman, Tel Aviv University


Prof. David Henshke, Bar-Ilan University: "Behold I Am Like One who is Eighty Years Old": Thoughts on the Development of Keriat Shema


Prof. Moshe Benovitz, Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies: The Purim Collection


Dr. Moti Arad, Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies: 'Matsilin oto benafsho': On the History of a Tannaitic Phrase


Dr. Aaron Amit, Bar-Ilan University: The Validity of Divorce according to the House of Shammai in Light of Early Christian Sources


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:30 Third Session Eretz Israel and Babylonia: Geographical and Cultural Context

Chair: Prof. Daniel Sperber, Bar-Ilan University


Dr. Amram Tropper, Ben Gurion University in the Negev: On Hyrcanus, Aristobulus and Greek Wisdom in the Babylonian Talmud


Dr. Yair Furstenberg, Ben Gurion University in the Negev: From Competition to Integration: “Laws of the Nations” in Rabbinic Halakhah and the Status of Local Law in Roman Jurisdiction


Prof. Jonathan Milgram, Jewish Theological Seminary of America: From Mesopotamia tothe Mishnah: Tannaitic Inheritance Law in its Legal and Social Contexts


Dr. Geoffrey Herman, Hebrew University:  "Babylonia is Healthy" – On the Limits of Lineage

18:30 - 19:15 Closing remarks

Prof. Shamma Friedman


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