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Bibil Identifier bibil:202571
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Opposition to the 'Shulhan Aruch': Articulating a Common Law Conception of Halacha
Author Wiener Dow, Leon
Journal Hebraic Political Studies (Volume: 3, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 352-376 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Because the two monumental works of medieval codification of halacha— Maimonides' 'Mishneh Torah' and R. YosefKaros 'Shulhan Aruch'—achieved canonical status, it is easy to overlook their rather unorthodox nature vis-a-vis prior halachic literature. The Mishna, the founding codex of Jewish law, despite its normative structure, includes dissenting opinions as an integral part of its discourse. Moreover, the Talmud, in its exposition of the Mishna and its contemporaneous legal sources, is frequently inconclusive, lacking a clear determination of the authoritative position. Sixteenth-century Poland witnessed fierce opposition to the 'Shulhan Aruch' led by three figures—R. Shlomo Luria, R. Yehuda Loew ben Betzalel, and R. Halm ben Betzalel In this paper I examine the nature-of the shared claims against codification put forward by these seminal figures, with an eye toward elucidating the philosophy of halacha implicit in their approach. In the final section of the paper, I demonstrate the deep affinity between this approach to halacha and what is termed in contemporary jurisprudence "common law reasoning."
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Middle Ages : Maimonides
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Halakah
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