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Torah Thoughts, Rabbinic Mind, and Academic Freedom

Prof.

Zev Garber

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Supporting the Priests vs. Sustaining the Poor

Using Source Criticism to Disentangle a Moral Problem in the Torah

Dr. Hacham

Isaac S. D. Sassoon

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Making Ma'aser Work for the Times

In Leviticus and Numbers, ma’aser (tithing) refers to a Temple tax; in Deuteronomy, however, it refers either to what must be brought and consumed on a pilgrimage festival or to charity. This dichotomy led the rabbis to design the cumbersome system of the first and second tithes (maaser rishon and maaser sheni).

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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Permission to Eat from Your Neighbor's Field?

Prof. Rabbi

Shaye J. D. Cohen

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Gleanings for the Poor – Justice, Not Charity

The agricultural allocations for the poor outlined in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are a series of negative commandments, in which God forbids Israelite householders from gathering some of their produce and requires them to leave it for the poor. The rabbis took these laws a step further, granting the poor property rights over the allocations even before they are gathered.

Dr.

Gregg E. Gardner

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