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dc.contributor.authorKanarfogel, Ephraim
dc.contributor.editorEngel, David
dc.contributor.editorSchiffman, Lawrence
dc.contributor.editorWolfson, Elliot
dc.identifier.citationKanarfogel, E. (2012). Dreams as a determinant of Jewish law and practice in northern Europe during the high middle ages; In David Engel, Lawrence Schiffmann, Elliot Wolfson (eds.), "Studies in medieval Jewish intellectual and social history : festschrift in honor of Robert Chazan" (pp. 111-143). Leiden: Brill.en_US
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dc.description.abstractJewish society in northern Europe (Ashkenaz) during the high Middle Ages has been characterized as decidedly halakhocentric—religious norms and rituals were meant to conform to authoritative texts of Jewish law. In situations where long-standing rituals or practices appeared to con!ict with talmudic rulings or other halakhic prescriptions, the most important rabbinical "gures in northern France and Germany, the Tosa"sts, attempted to reconcile these practices with canonized texts, by means of newly developed forms of dialectical interpretation.1 Jacob Katz has charted the noteworthy degree to which laymen were devoted to the instructions of the rabbinical elite, as well as the “ritual instinct” that was generally prevalent throughout medieval Ashkenazic society, both of which allowed these reconciliations to be pursued e#ectively and without hesitation.2 ¶ Given their allegiance to textuality as the ultimate arbiter of Ashkenazic practice and ritual, it is rather surprising to discover that a number of leading Tosa"sts and other rabbinical scholars in the twel$h and thirteenth centuries made use of dream experiences as a means of determining Jewish law or ratifying earlier legal opinions. As we shall see, such an approach was clearly at odds with contemporary Spanish or Sefardic (halakhic) rationalism as represented by Maimonides (1138–1204); with the position of leading halakhists who were also strongly grounded in Kabbalah such as Nahmanides (1194–1270); and even with view of Rashi (1040–1105), the non-philosophically inclined doyen of Ashkenazic talmudic (and biblical ) interpretation.3en_US
dc.publisherLeiden: Brillen_US
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dc.subjectrabbinic literatureen_US
dc.subjectMedieval Jewish historyen_US
dc.subjecthalakhocentric—religious norms and ritualsen_US
dc.titleDreams as a determinant of Jewish law and practice in northern Europe during the high middle agesen_US
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