Rabbinic Texts and Contemporary Ethics
IntroductionThe essays presented in this issue of the Journal of Textual Reasoning and edited by Chaya Halberstam, Marjorie Lehman, and Randi Rashkover are a product of a seminar on “Thinking with Rabbinic Texts” held at the 2016 Association for Jewish Studies conference in Los Angeles. We are pleased to present the fruits of this seminar by serving as guest editors for this issue of the JTR. The seminar would not have been possible without the work of pioneers in textual reasoning who, nearly thirty years ago, planted the seeds for contemporary efforts to overcome the estrangement between Jewish thought and rabbinic text study.
Textual Relationships: On Perspective, Interpretive Discipline, and Constructive Ethics
Rebecca J. Epstein-Levi
Searching for Redemptive Readings: Grappling with Homophobia
Reading Classical Rabbinic Texts as Contemporary Ethical Agents: A Response
Chaya Halberstam and Elizabeth Shanks Alexander