Tzvi Novick, "Stringency, Lenience, and the Rise of Rabbinic Judaism"

Presented by the Granovsky-Gluskin Graduate Program in Jewish Studies.

The choice between lenience and stringency—between being meqil and being mahmir—is a flashpoint in contemporary debate about Jewish law. But the dichotomy is undertheorized, both from a jurisprudential perspective and from an historical perspective. In this talk I take up both perspectives, the first more preliminarily and the second in greater depth. I argue that the emergence of the categories of stringency and lenience marks a fundamental step in the rise of rabbinic Judaism.

Tzvi Novick is the Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

Date & Time
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street