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Monday, June 8 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
An arrow in the eye of Satan! Judaism, disgust and morality: Qiddushin 81a-b

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The emotion of disgust has received increasing attention in social, political, legal and moral discourse in recent years. This session focuses on the Talmudic story of Satan’s encounter with Rabbi Plimo (Babylonian Talmud, Qiddushin 81a-b) as an entry point to exploring the role of disgust in Jewish Ethics. Following a close reading and analysis of the story, we will study other rabbinic and medieval sources to understand how disgust functions both as a moral challenge and a moral asset in the quest for holiness.

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Jeffrey Rubenstein

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is the Skirball Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Literature in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies of New York University. He received his B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College, his M.A. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received... Read More →

Monday June 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST