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A revealing look at the reciprocal relationship between the Halakha as an abstract system and the realities of the Jewish life.



Divine Law in Human Hands


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Front Matter Half Title Page Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Preface Contents Halakhic Statements in the ZoharPost-Zoharic Relations between Halakhah and KabbalahHalakhah and Kabbalah as Competing Disciplines of StudyHalakhah and AggadahAggadah as Philosophy and KabbalahZohar — The Turning PointAssertion of the Primacy of KabbalahThe Relation between Halakhah and KabbalahSafedR. Isaac LuriaR. Hayyim Vital's Offensive — The Superiority of KabbalahThe Effect of the Spread of KabbalahHasidim and MitnagdimBibliographyAlterations in the Time of the Evening Service (?a'ari?) An Example of the Interrelationship between Religious Customs and their Social BackgroundRabbinical Authority and Authorization in the Middle AgesThe Dispute between Jacob Berab and Levi ben Habib Over Renewing OrdinationStatus of ResearchThe SourcesSequence of EventsMotives for the ControversyPositions Regarding HalakhahAn Appraisal of the CharactersConclusionThe Rule of Halakhah in Traditional Jewish Society: Theory and PraxisRabbi Raphael Cohen, Moses Mendelssohn's OpponentThe Controversy over the Temple in Hamburg and the Rabbinical Assembly in Braunschweig: Milestones in the Development of OrthodoxyAppeal of the Bet Din and the Rabbis' PronouncementsThe Attempt to Involve the GovernmentEnlisting Public SupportStringency in Theory and Retreat in PracticeThe Braunschweig AssemblyResponses from Altona and AmsterdamThe Opinion of the ConservativesThose Who Returned FireNon-Orthodox OpponentsThe Attempts at Extreme ActionThe Orthodox Defense of the Second Day of the FestivalsThe Struggle Over Preserving the Rite of Circumcision in the First Part of the Nineteenth CenturyThe Controversy Over the Mezizah, The Unrestricted Execution of the Rite of CircumcisionFirst Challenges to the MezizahThe Use of the Sponge in Vienna, with the Consent of the Hatam SoferPressures Upon Mezizah and its Defense by the Author of Tiferet YisraelThe Abolition of Mezizah by the Consistoire of ParisZechariah Frankel and Hirsch Fassel's Consent to AbolitionThe Abolition of Mezizah Spreads Among the Conservatives, and is Approved by ReformThe Counter-Attack of Shomer Zion ha-Ne'emanJacob Ettlinger's Halakhic OpinionWolf Hamburg's Debate with the Supporters of AbolitionThe Spread of Abolition and of the Controversy to Austria-HungaryInterpretation of the Hatam Sofer's RulingTwo Technical SolutionsThe Weakening of the Custom in Eastern EuropeThe Change in Attitude of the Halakhic Scholars in East and WestTowards a Biography of the Hatam SoferAn Unclarified Episode in the Life of the Hatam Sofer: The Alexandersohn AffairThe Background and the SourcesThe Move to HungaryA Rabbinic Post in Csaba and the Beginning of the AffairThe Issue of the Divorce and Other ConflictsThe First Bet Din and its VerdictAppeal to the District Authority and the Rulingof the Hatam SoferSeeking Justice in Budapest; the Second Hearing of TestimonyThe Bet Din of Rabbi Gotz Schverin, and the ExonerationThe Meetings with the Hatam Sofer and their BackgroundWanderings and the Meeting with Zechariah FrankelThe Hatam Sofer in Light of the Alexandersohn AffairAlexandersohn's endThe Suggested Relationship between Sabbatianism, Haskalah, and ReformBack MatterIndexBack Cover
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