Meet Rabbi Akiva, Rabban Gamliel and Friends: Highlights of the Talmudic Portrait Gallery. This series, taught by Leah Rosenthal will focus on a close reading and discussion of a selection of literary portraits of central Rabbinic figures who produced the canonical Rabbinic texts that make up the foundations of Jewish tradition. In this episode, Leah Rosenthal will focus on Rabbi Elazar ben Arach – Described as an “overflowing fountain”, Rabbi Elazar ben Arach appears to represent the creative and dynamic impulse of the intellectual and spiritual world. How does Rabbinic narrative preserve the image of this man and what does his story tell us about him, and about the Rabbinic world narrating his story? What mark does his story leave on “mainstream” Rabbinic culture, perhaps to this very day?
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