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Jewish Law as Great Literature
Alyssa Gray, Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR in New York
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Dr. Alyssa Gray melds her experience as a professor and lawyer with her love of Jewish texts, sharing the unexpected joys and rewards of reading Jewish legal writing as literature.
Themes: Jewish Literacy  
DATE POSTED:  06-04-2014 MORE ABOUT THE TALK

While the Jewish connection to the idea of tzedek - justice - is clear and oft-stated, less attention is paid to Jewish legal literature. Dr. Alyssa Gray melds her experience as a professor and lawyer with her love of Jewish texts, sharing the unexpected joys and rewards of reading Jewish legal writing as literature.

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Dr. Alyssa Gray melds her experience as a professor and lawyer with her love of Jewish texts, sharing the unexpected joys and rewards of reading Jewish legal writing as literature.
ABOUT THE TALK

While the Jewish connection to the idea of tzedek - justice - is clear and oft-stated, less attention is paid to Jewish legal literature. Dr. Alyssa Gray melds her experience as a professor and lawyer with her love of Jewish texts, sharing the unexpected joys and rewards of reading Jewish legal writing as literature.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Alyssa Gray, J.D., Ph.D. is Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.  She graduated from the Barnard-JTS Double Degree program (BA), holds law degrees from Columbia and Hebrew University, and the PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS. Her major research interests are charity in classical and medieval rabbinic literature, the application of legal theory to rabbinic literature, and the comparative study of the two Talmuds. Gray is the author of A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah (Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2005), and the co-editor (with Bernard Jackson) of Studies in Mediaeval Halakhah in Honor of Stephen M. Passamaneck (Jewish Law Association Studies XVII; 2007), as well as many scholarly articles.

 
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Alyssa Gray, J.D., Ph.D. is Emily S. and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.  She graduated from the Barnard-JTS Double Degree program (BA), holds law degrees from Columbia and Hebrew University, and the PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS. Her major research interests are charity in classical and medieval rabbinic literature, the application of legal theory to rabbinic literature, and the comparative study of the two Talmuds. Gray is the author of A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah (Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2005), and the co-editor (with Bernard Jackson) of Studies in Mediaeval Halakhah in Honor of Stephen M. Passamaneck (Jewish Law Association Studies XVII; 2007), as well as many scholarly articles.

 

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