Articles By Jeffrey Spitzer

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    Jeffrey Spitzer is Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at Gann Academy, The New Jewish High School, Waltham, Mass., and a member of the Institute's Tichon Fellows Program.


    • MJL Author Article 20

      The Torah of Moses

      Although modern traditionalist Judaism uniformly affirms the divinity of the Torah, classical sources disagree on what role Moses had in the actual production of the Torah.

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      Jewish Pseudepigraphy

      To earn respect, a genre of Jewish texts assigns authorship to biblical figures and sages of previous eras.

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      The Noahide Laws

      Seven commandments which, according to Jewish tradition, are incumbent upon all of humankind.

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      Welcoming the Convert into the Family of Israel

      Israel's responsibilities toward converts begin with equal protection, but ultimately require the full integration of the convert into the family of Israel.

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      Jeremiah 7:† The Israelitesí "Edifice Complex"

      The prophet takes on the people's mistaken assumption that they can safely persist in unethical behavior--and that God would never destroy the Temple.

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      Preventing Dependency

      "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." How many fish do we buy, and how many nets?

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      After the First Temple

      Jewish history was permanently altered by the destruction of the First Temple, and the exile that came afterwards.

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      How to Treat Holy Jewish Books

      Jews demonstrate the holiness of biblical and rabbinic texts in several ways.

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      Seder Kodashim (Holy Things)

      The rabbis restored the religious meaning of the sacrificial cult even though the Temple itself had been destroyed.

    • MJL Author Article 29

      Josephus Flavius

      Josephus Flavius both participated in and wrote the history of the Jewish interaction with Rome.


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