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  • Petah davar. Jewish Education and Society in the High Middle Ages (1992) 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (ספריית "הילל בן־ח״ם הוצאת הקיבוץ המאוחד, 1992)
    Preface to author's book (Hebrew)
  • Prefaces to paperback and hardcover editions & Acknowledgments 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Wayne State University, 2000)
    Prefaces to both paperback and hardcover editions of the author's work.
  • Nedarim and ascetic vows in the worldview of Maimonides and Nahmanides 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (RCA: Rabbinical Council of America / הסתדרות הרבנים באמריקה, 1990)
    בפרק ג׳ מהל׳ דעות ה״א, חוזר הרמב״ם לרעיון שכבר הציע בפרק רביע י של שמונה פרקים. אע״פ שיש כמה תכונות רעות המבקשות להטריד את האדם משך חייו, תגובת האדם צריכה להיות מתונה:¶ "שמא יאמר אדם הואיל והקנאה והתאוה והכבוד וכיוצא ...
  • A Byzantine manuscript of sermons: Description and selections about prayer and the synagogue 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim; Saperstein, Marc (Yad Izhak Ben Zvi, 1999)
    במהלך ימי הביניים, ובמיוחד בקהילות היהודיות באגן הים התיכון, היו הדרשות חל ק מתפילות השבת בבית הכנסת ומאות רבבים הכינו ודרשו אלפי דרשות לקהילות רבו ת ומגוונות. למרות זאת, אוספים מועטים בלבד של דרשות מימי הביניים הגיעו ...
  • Medieval rabbinic conceptions of the messianic age: The view of the tosafists 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Magnes Press, 2001)
    The Tosafists, who flourished in northern France and Germany during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, devoted the bulk of their studies to a critical reading of the talmudic corpus, and to the reconciliation ...
  • Rashi’s familiarity with Hekhalot literature and esoteric teachings 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Bar-Ilan University, 2006)
    במאמר קצר שפורסם לפני כעשר שנים, עסק יוסף ק בשאלה בסיסית אך חשובה — האם הכיר רש״י את ספרות ההיכלות? 1 פרופ׳ דן הביא במאמרו שתי דוגמאות המציעות לדעתו "שלא היו לרש״י או שהוא בחר לא להשתמש במסורות היכליות". הדוגמה השנייה ...
  • Between the tosafist academies and the other battei midrash in Ashkenaz in the Middle Ages 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Jerusalem: Shazar, 2006)
    במאמר זה אדון בשאלת יסוד חשובה הנוגעת למרכזים ולמוסדות ללימוד התורה בארצות אשכנז במאה השתים־עשרה והשלוש־עשרה: מה בין ישיבות בעלי התוספות לבין בת י המדרש האחרים? האם אפשר לזהות הבדלים וחילוקים בין המוסדות הללו, ומה ...
  • Berger, David. “Review of ‘Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz’, by Elisheva Baumgarten.” 

    Berger, David (Historical Society of Israel /החברה ההיסטורית הישראלית, 2017)
    בשנת 2004 פרסמה אלישבע באומגרטן ספר פורץ דרך הן בחקר המגדר של היהודים בימי הביניים הן בחקר ממדים חשובים של הנוהג העממי וההלכה: Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (בתרגומו העברי: אמהות וילדים בחברה ...
  • Attitudes toward childhood and children in medieval Jewish society 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Scholars Press, 1985)
    In 1960, Phillipe Ari8s published a controversial book entitled L'enfant et la vie familiale sous l'ancien régime. 1 The book was translated into English in 1962 and entitled Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of ...
  • Trinitarian and multiplicity polemics in the biblical commentaries of Rashi, Rashbam, and Bekhor Shor. 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Student Organization of Yeshiva Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University, 1979)
    The Old Testament was the single most important source for proof-texts in Jewish-Christian polemics of the High Middle Ages. Christians attempted to show that doctrines such as the Trinity and virgin birth were implicit ...
  • Rabbinic authority and the right to open an academicy in medieval Ashkenaz. 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Tel-Aviv University, 1991)
    The purpose of this study is to clarify the initiatives through which an academy was opened in Ashkenaz during the Tosafist period.
  • Miracles and the natural order in Nahmanides 

    Berger, David (Harvard UP, 1983)
    The centrality of miracles in Nahmanides' theology cannot escape the attention of even the most casual observer. and his doctrine of the hidden miracle exercised a particularly profound and abiding influence on subsequent ...
  • A comparative note on the demand for witnesses in Isaiah 43:9 

    Holtz, Shalom E. (Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), 2010)
    Recent studies have demonstrated the particular value of Neo-Babylonian litigation records for elucidating matters of law in the Hebrew Bible, both in actual legislative passages and in Job’s metaphoric lawsuit.1 The ...
  • When is a menorah "Jewish"?: On the complexities of a symbol during the age of transition 

    Fine, Steven (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 2015)
    My objective in this paper is to trace the trajectory of one element of the Jerusalem medallion: its menorah. I will begin by contextualizing the image as it appears in the Roman East during the centuries encompassed by ...
  • Stockmen from Tekoa, sycomores from Sheba: A study of Amos’ occupations 

    Steiner, Richard C. (Catholic Biblical Association (CBA), 2003)
    Amos is viewed by many as a pivotal figure in the history of prophetism, in part because he worked for a living before his call instead of training to become a prophet. But what precisely was his occupation? The question ...
  • Rashi's commentary on the Book of Samuel: Critical edition and supercommentary 

    Levy, Bryna Jocheved (Yeshiva University, 1987-05)
    ABSTRACT Rashi’s commentaries on the Prophets and Writings have not received the same scholarly attention as his Pentateuchal commentary. Numerous supercommentaries have been written on the latter while only a handful ...
  • The Role of Philosophy and Kabbalah in the Works of Rashba 

    Horwitz, David (Yeshiva University, 1986-01)
    Rashba, in the course of his discussions of the theological problems entailed in the phrases ‘olam ke— minhago noheg and em mazzal le—yisrael, was consistently sensitive to philosophic problems, and took pains to ...
  • A Different Kind of Horror in Jeremiah’s Prophecy to the Philistines (Jeremiah 47) 

    Holtz, Shalom E. (PA: The Pennsylvania State University., 2022)
    Recent research has productively interpreted Jeremiah’s oracles against the nations through the lens of horror theory. The prophecy against the Philistines (Jer 47) stands out because it employs horror elements as a means ...
  • Preservation, Creativity, and Courage: The Life and Works of R. Meir of Rothenburg 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (New York, Jewish Book Council of the National Jewish Welfare Board [etc.], 1992)
    The rabbinic cultureof medieval Ashkenaz (northern France and Germany) produced a series of outstanding scholars who in turn led their students and communities in matters both spiritual and temporal. Four major studies ...
  • Rabbinic attitudes toward nonobservance in· the Medieval Period 

    Kanarfogel, Ephraim (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1992)
    Medieval rabbinic authorities encountered several different modes of nonobservance. Perhaps the most vexing consisted of Jews who were converted, either willingly or forcibly, to Christianity or Islam. Halakhists had ...

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