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Wisdom

Joseph and the Limits of Wisdom

Joseph is a model of wisdom. In one story, however, where it is told how Joseph acquired all Egyptians and their land for Pharaoh (Gen 47:13–26), readers can only wonder whether his conduct is really held up as an example. As it seems, the Torah uses this story to teach an important lesson: wisdom is good, but it is to be channeled by the law.

Prof.

Jan Joosten

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Torat Emet: The Intertwined Tree of Torah and Wisdom

Prof. Rabbi

Jonathan Magonet

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Torah: Deuteronomy's Version of Wisdom for Israel

Deuteronomy reflects influence from ancient Wisdom traditions, such as those in the book of Proverbs and in other ancient Near Eastern literature. Yet Deuteronomy presents Torah as Israel’s own Wisdom teaching. This serves both to elevate Torah and to insist that it be in dialogue with the broader, non-Israelite world.

Ethan Schwartz

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Who Is the Eshet Chayil?

Dr.

Jacqueline Vayntrub

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Qohelet on Pleasure

Qohelet says that simḥah (joy) is the best thing in life, but also that it is profitless and absurd. This essay will explore this fundamental contradiction.[1]

Prof. Rabbi

Michael V. Fox

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Why Devarim Matters to Jews Today

It Is Very Close to You

Shoshana Cohen

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