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Orlah

Circumcision as Purification

Second Temple period interpreters understood circumcision as an act of purification, but they debated whether it was physical or spiritual.

Dr.

David Bernat

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The Inner Workings of a Genizah Midrash on the Symbolic Value of Orlah

A set of homilies from the Genizah connects two biblical readings (sidrot) in Leviticus by emphasizing the importance of the mitzvah of orlah as a key to inheriting and remaining on the land.

Dr.

Shana Strauch-Schick

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Tova Sacher

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