5780 — Shemini: Mutual Care, Food Proscriptions, and Permitted Locust

Posted by Elisha Ancselovits on April 5, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Vayikra (Leviticus), Shemini

This podcast is a response to current conditions throughout the world and to this week’s Biblical list of proscribed animals. In this podcast, Rabbi Elisha Ancselovits tours Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) to discover one of the critical reasons for Biblical food proscriptions–mutual care and responsibility. Rabbi Ancselovits closes with a discussion of the nature of responsibility by examining the Biblical permission to eat locust.

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About Elisha Ancselovits

Elisha teaches Halakha as Practical Philosophy at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and in Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, and has taught Halakha at additional Orthodox and secular Israeli and European institutions. He has been a postdoctoral and guest researcher and lecturer in both Jewish studies and in legal theory at various universities in different continents and is currently a fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Elisha, who holds rabbinic and judicial ordination (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin), has a Ph.D. on the history of Jewish Law and an M.A. in Modern Jewish Studies aside from graduate studies in Medieval Jewish History. In addition, he has taught Biblical and Second Temple Law, critical Talmud, critical Zohar and Modern Jewish and European Philosophy. Most recently, he has advanced his mentoring of men and women sages (rabbis and upcoming dayyanim) by opening a kollel program, Bet Midrash Hukkim Hakhamim. Click here to read more.

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