• Changing the Subject: Rabbinic Legal Process in the Absence of Justification

    Author(s):
    Jordan Rosenblum (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Ancient Jew Review
    Subject(s):
    Early Judaism, Judaism, Rabbinic studies, Talmud, Midrash, and Rabbinics, Talmudic studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Jewish law, legal history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6BQ1V
    Abstract:
    This essay explores how changing the subject can function as a valid legal process in classical rabbinic literature. In order to do so, it first establishes standard rabbinic legal procedure, in which the legal reasoning for arguments is debated and either supported or refuted. Next, it discusses cases that do not fit this pattern: namely, those in which a rabbi, faced with a contradictory or complex argument, changes the subject rather than his reasoning or ruling. Through a discussion of such cases, this essay argues that, while not preferable, changing the subject can in fact be a valid rabbinic legal process.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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    All Rights Reserved

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