Command to Saul: Kill
all of amalek, men,
women, children, and
animals. Do not spare
(The animals are written
here but not in the chumash)
that it was
the people didnt want him too. They wan
I. Hakdama: General sense of the content and more of a focus into paragraph 4
Know about how the Mishnah is a precedent for his writing Mishnah Torah.
Rambam speaks about Rav Yehudah and his reasons for compiling the Mishnah
as a prec
IS MORAL REASONING OPERATIVE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF
To answer the question "is moral reasoning. . ." we studied talmudic sources that
either (1) develop rulings about new "ethically charged" situations; or (2) appear to
modify older established
SUPEREROGATION (ACTION BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED BY
The section on supererogation (see definition one line up) comprises SB, 39-50, and
the articles by R. Lichtenstein, R. Wurzburger, R. Blau ., and Fox (Fox, 12-14). (The
syllabus lists Rabbi Wurzbur
MOTIVATION FOR MITZVOT
Review: Go over the 3 mishnayot in Avot on p. 112. How do Antigonus and Rebbi
seem to contrast? What are the several explanations we suggested of Ben Azzais
statement? We have several possibilities: Act for ulterior motives, act for
Article- There is an ethic beyond Halacha that we should ak into account- Rav
Lichtensteins opinion lifnim mishurat Hadin- including word IN and forcing someone
to act in a way beyond the technical requirement. He asks can you look up every din
RESUME: Next, we did sources of type (2)- those that deal with "old" cases: ben
sorer u-moreh (25); capital punishment (26, translation on 27); "an eye for an eye,"
(28-38). On 25, recall R. Yehudahs position, the "ethical" and "psychological"
Jewish Ethics Articles for the Final
Professor Gerald Blidstein-Capital Punishment, the classical Jewish discussion
Is it the fear of killing the innocent that R Akiva and R Tarfon are concerned about? No,
it is the fear of killing the guilty because kill
About mehiyyat Amalek: What is the difference between the then
problem and the now problem regarding Amalek?
What is Sagi's main point about Jewish approaches to the commandment
to destroy Amalek?
How do the various sources he cites illustrate that point?
Look over Bereshit/Genesis ch. 3, esp. pesukim 5, 6, 11, 22, along with Gen. 4 . Note the
serpent's claim in Gen. 3:5 and God's statement in 3:22the crucial phrase is yodeei tov vara. We noted two sample readingsMaimonides and Nahmanidesboth of which may
Understand Kierkegaards main thesis about the akedah narrative. The key term in
Kierkegaard: "Teleological suspension of the ethical." What does it mean?
TOE means that Abraham was suspending his responsibility to the universal telos to
fulfill a higher d
Example of medrash halacha:
Bava Kamma 84a
(Yad byad, something you hand from one hand to another, which would mean money)
What if theres a blind guy who blinds another guy-then hell get off with nothing!
Maybe you only carry out retaliation when its poss
The language appears to be repetitive. Why specify two words that mean
-if it hadn't been written it would have been obvious.
if god had not revealed the law.
-avodah zara, gilui arayot, cursing god
-DOSTOEVKSY 'if there is no god everything is p
Is there even a need to incorporate independent standard? You have halachic rules, so
there is no need for our own reason.
Rav Lichtenstein: once we admit there is an independent standard-do we say this logical
reasoning applies in paskining? Does is have
Guide of the Perplexed III:24, Moses Maimonides
Know that the aim and meaning of all the trials mentioned in the Torah is to let people
know what they ought to do or what they must believe. Accordingly the notion of a trial
consists as it were in a certai
Perkei Avot Mishna 1
Moshe receives torah
R. OVADYAH MI-BARTENURA
Q: Why does it start this way?
A: Its a book about midst. Others have published similar works, but this
one stands out. THE MIDOT AND IDEAS OUTLINED IN THE SEFER ARE
-so ethics are
REVIEW ITEMS FOR EXAM #2 (FINAL EXAM)
MOTIVATION FOR MITZVOT
Antigonus: Dont do things to get a reward, do it because of Yirat Shamayim.
Rebbi: Do all mitzvos, big and small because you dont know the value of the mitzvos.
They seem to contrast because Reb
Pg 28Shmot ch 21
a guy hits another guy, must pay his work-leave, and his dr. bills.
a pregnant woman comes in the midst of a fight, and loses the fetus, but doesnt die. (lit.
doesnt lose her arm.)
You should give a life for a life, eye for eye too