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 30

      Jewish Pseudepigraphy

      To earn respect, a genre of Jewish texts assigns authorship to biblical figures and sages of previous eras.

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      The Noahide Laws

      Seven commandments which, according to Jewish tradition, are incumbent upon all of humankind.

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      Welcoming the Convert into the Family of Israel

      Israel's responsibilities toward converts begin with equal protection, but ultimately require the full integration of the convert into the family of Israel.

    • MJL Author Article 33

      Jeremiah 7:† The Israelitesí "Edifice Complex"

      The prophet takes on the people's mistaken assumption that they can safely persist in unethical behavior--and that God would never destroy the Temple.

    • MJL Author Article 34

      Preventing Dependency

      "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." How many fish do we buy, and how many nets?

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      After the First Temple

      Jewish history was permanently altered by the destruction of the First Temple, and the exile that came afterwards.

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      How to Treat Holy Jewish Books

      Jews demonstrate the holiness of biblical and rabbinic texts in several ways.

    • MJL Author Article 37

      Seder Kodashim (Holy Things)

      The rabbis restored the religious meaning of the sacrificial cult even though the Temple itself had been destroyed.

    • MJL Author Article 38

      Josephus Flavius

      Josephus Flavius both participated in and wrote the history of the Jewish interaction with Rome.

    • MJL Author Article 39

      Did Israel Deserve Redemption?

      Jewish texts have much to say on this subject.


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