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 40

      Drinking on Purim

      A lighthearted look at the source of the obligation to get drunk on the holiday.

    • MJL Author Article 41

      Traditional Commentaries on the Shema

      Commentaries on the three paragraphs of the Shema read Jewish concepts both out of and into the text.

    • MJL Author Article 42

      The Innovative Spirit and Jewish Tradition

      Although the rabbis propagated the belief that rabbinic teaching went back to Moses on Mt. Sinai, many classical texts clearly demonstrate that the rabbis understood the innovative nature of their work.


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