Rabbinic Judaism

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Rabbinic Judaism - from temples destruction to the Talmud - 2 main texts o Mishna → written digest of rules produced in Israel by ‘Judah’ o Talmud → Reflects discussion of mishna in Diaspora Thesis: It is fair to state that Rabbinic Judaism bespeaks aspects of particularism, only allowing certain aspects to be universal when it is harmless and undoubtedly favorable to the Jewish people. Arguments 1) Texts of conversion → Distinctiveness vs. openness to all people a. Specific convert texts allow for the integration of all Jews, and ‘new Jews’ but some have specific restrictions (universalism as well as particularim) i. Ethnic identity 1. intermarriage before rabbinic times ii. Settler convert 1. Convert who comes to live in Israel but does not want to become a full fledged Jew. Given permission to live in Israel, does not follow laws. iii. Righteous Convert 1. Full fledged convert, for ‘sake of religious truth’ 2. Rabbis make it very hard to convert, do not seek people to
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course HUMA 2850 taught by Professor Weiser during the Spring '08 term at York University.

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