Articles By Jeffrey Spitzer

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    Jeffrey Spitzer is Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics at Gann Academy, The New Jewish High School, Waltham, Mass., and a member of the Institute's Tichon Fellows Program.


    • MJL Author Article 10

      Babylonian Exile

      The Temple's destruction, the transfer of leadership to Babylon, and the Persian return to Israel reflect the larger political conflicts of the ancient world.

    • MJL Author Article 11

      The Birth of the Good Inclination

      In rabbinic texts, the distinction between childhood and young adulthood is the birth of the yetzer hatov, the good inclination.

    • MJL Author Article 12

      Maimonides' Eight Levels: A Comtemporary Reading

      Jeff Spitzer mines Maimonides' 8 levels of Tzedakah for guidance on contemporary issues in tzedakah.

    • MJL Author Article 13

      God as a Wife-Beater

      Does this text (or any text) deserve to be excluded from the larger category of Jewish teaching

    • MJL Author Article 14

      Valuing Debate and Conversation

      Jewish tradition, informed by the precedent of the Talmud, prefers to promote discussion rather than correctness.

    • MJL Author Article 15

      Taxing Times

      The economic history of the Jews in Palestine in late antiquity

    • MJL Author Article 16

      Providing What is Lacking

      Jewish texts on social justice describe the tension between providing what is needed and providing what is affordable.

    • MJL Author Article 17

      Eating Matzah At the Seder

      The bread of poverty has a rich history in Rabbinic literature.

    • MJL Author Article 18

      Israel as Estranged Wives and Widows

      The metaphor of Israel as the wife of God receives several potent and shocking midrashic reinterpretations as the rabbis reflect on Israel's suffering and persecution.

    • MJL Author Article 19

      The Torah of Moses

      Although modern traditionalist Judaism uniformly affirms the divinity of the Torah, classical sources disagree on what role Moses had in the actual production of the Torah.


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