Explicit and Implied Theoretical and Ideological Aspects

Edited by

Avinoam Rosenak, Dafna Schreiber

Publisher Van Leer Institute Press and Magnes Press
Language Hebrew
Year of Publication 2012
Series Jewish culture and identity Publications

Halakhah: Explicit and Implied Theoretical and Ideological Aspects, is a collection of articles by leading scholars in the field of halakhah and the philosophy of halakhah.

The articles describe both the overt and the implicit worldviews of a number of halakhic decisors and examine how they coped with extra-halakhic cultures and ideas. Some of them internalized “outside” concepts, while others dealt with the outside world by making new use of the internal notions of the world of halakhah. The articles also consider the link between ideology and halakhic rulings. Readers will encounter examples of the influence of ideology on halakhah, alongside arguments that categorically deny that ideology plays any part in halakhic thinking. The volume proposes answers to questions such as whether halakhah derives its power from its anti-ideological stance and what underlies the assertion that halakhah is an ideological text.

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