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Second Half of Semester 18:04 Overview of the course: Issues with defining “Judaism” Will be in some form on the midterm. Religion in the HB Creating Judaism Rabbinic texts Rabbinic concepts Mitzvot: Mitzvot) “Commantments” How to live in accordance with God’s will Halakah= “Path” or “way” (Jewish Law) Time more important than place HB emphasized place (Jerusalem) Rabbis emphasize time Local Rabbi as arbiter of  Halakah Mitzvot often serve to inscribe difference Between Jews and non-Jews Between rabbinic Jews and non-rabbinic Jews Not all Jews agree with rabbinic notions Evidence from some ancient synagogues. According to the rabbis, Israel recieved the  mitzvoth  from God on Mount Sinai Remember  Mishnah Avot  1:1
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Internally and externally signal obedience to God. Mitzvot:      Kosher Laws     Kosher= “Fit” Not “clean” Kashrut = kosher laws and practices HB not very specific about dietary rules For ex: Genesis 9:4 prohibits eating meat with blood in it How does one adhere to this  mitzvah ? Deuteronomy 12:16 says to pout the blood on the ground like water. Mitzvot     : Kosher Laws: How to     “Kosher” animal slaughter for the rabbis: “kosher” animal disputes about  glatt  (=”smooth” in Yiddish) Slaughtered according to rabbinic procedure Must be performed by a rabbinic Jew By a rabbinically-trained butcher Who follows a particular procedure Hunting Problematic Post- slaughter rules Remove blood viw soaking and salting Proper handling and supervision throughout No filet Mignon (Gen.32), etc.
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Postville controversy Meat and Milk Concept is either vague or absent from HB Look at Deuteronomy 14:21 How did Israelites/Jews before the Rabbis interpret this law? See handout Genesis 18:6-8  Philo,  on the Virtues, 142-144 Mishnah Hullin 8:1 See handout Rabbinic categories of food Meat; milk; Parve Separate Dishes Mitzvot: Kosher Laws: Why? We have discusses Douglas and Harris What is Satlow’s view on Douglas? In HB and rabbis,  Kashrut  is  underdetermined Precise meaning unclear “Jewish Dietay Laws”: “Pork” Mitzvot: Kosher Laws Rabbis expand unsystematic HB food rules into a system of mitzvoth Some of these rules are based on precedents in other Jewish sources and some are  rabbinic innovations These rules continue to develop unto today For example How to prepare tea on Shabbat? How can lettuce be non-kosher? Can one use a glass place for both milk and meat?
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Mitzvot: Sacred Time of Prayer 18:04 10/27/11
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Mitzvot: Sacred Time of Prayer 18:04 Sabbath: Imitatio dei (God rested, so humans do) HB unclear on how to keep/observe Sabbath 39 categories of work Derived from activities needed to construct the tabernacle Mish. Shabbat 7:2
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2012 for the course JEWISH 211 taught by Professor Rosenblum during the Fall '12 term at University of Wisconsin Colleges Online.

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