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Sunday, June 9 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
'Counting teeth': the use of humour in the Rabbinic literature

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While we do not usually think of the halakha as funny, the reality is that halakhic literature contains many examples of humour. From whimsical passages in the Mishna to caustic jibes in mediaeval commentaries, from jokes within the Talmud through to 17th-century insults, there is much within this corpus to both inform us and to entertain. This session will look at passages from a range of texts and a range of eras, both supporting and condemning the art of making jokes.

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Simon Holloway

Simon Hollowayis a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, since nobody has yet written his thesis for him. He teaches Jewish law, philosophy and history for Melton and at North Shore temple Emanuel. His research interests include metaphorical language in Tanakh, the development of the halakha, and Ultra-Orthodox subcultures in the State of Israel. | Simon Holloway was on the Programming team for Limmud-Oz 2013.

Sunday June 9, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Scientia Building Alumni Room

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