Gila Fine on The History of the Talmud in Four Objects – R. Yehoshua b. Levi’s Knife

Posted by Gila Fine on November 10, 2015
Topics: The History of the Talmud in 4 Objects, Pardes Live, Talmudic Personalities, Talmud


In the second part of this 4-part series given at Pardes Jerusalem, Gila Fine discusses R. Yehoshua b. Levi’s Knife: Is it fair to quarantine the contagiously ill? How does one identify a leper? And what happens when R. Yehoshua tries to disarm the Angel of Death? A reading of Ktubot 77b, through Michel Foucault and Susan Sontag, Rav Kook and R. Aryeh Levine, Monty Python and R. Sacks, José Saramago and Kaci Hickox.

Click here for part 1 in this series – Rebbe’s Jar

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About Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor-in-chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Pardes Institute and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Gila is the former editor of the quarterly journal Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation, and the ghost writer behind several well-known books. Click here to read more.

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