On Reading: Culture, Texts and Jewish Hermeneutics:

I wrote this blog a little while ago as I began thinking about a course I was teaching and its central Talmud text of the ‘Oven of Akhnai’ – teaching which has now concluded. At the same time, I finished teaching a Midrash course that began with the 13 Hermeneutical Rules of Rabbi Ishmael.

I had in mind also, when members of the Jewish community are accused of being hypersensitive to antisemitism or antisemitic ‘tropes’ or the ‘unintential’ juxtaposition of ideas that could be construed as antisemitic, bigoted or racist.

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