Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Midrash UnboundTransformations and Innovations$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael A. Fishbane and Joanna Weinberg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113713

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113713.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM LIVERPOOL SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.liverpool.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Liverpool University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in LSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah

Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah

(p.389) Eighteen Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his Attitude to the Aggadah
Midrash Unbound

Jacob Elbaum

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague and his attitude to the aggadah. The literary works of Rabbi Judah Loew, known as Maharal of Prague, include books which are defined as ‘expositions of the aggadot’, where the author dealt with aggadot in the order of their appearance in the Talmud; and also works which were devoted to specific topics. An examination of both types, however, reveals that the approach to the aggadot and the method employed are essentially identical in both classes of works, the order of the source material alone being different in each instance. In the thematic works, the sources are presented in conformity with specific topics, as the subject requires; while in the books of ḥidushim (novel interpretations), Rabbi Loew takes up the aggadot in order of their appearance in the Talmud. Even though the aggadot he deals with vary considerably in their nature, there can be no doubt that he devotes his attention to those which, as a whole or in their individual details, lend support to his principal concepts. The chapter then looks at his works Ḥidushei agadot and Be'er hagolah, the latter having as its purpose the defence of the Torah, in the sense of the midrashim and the halakhic and aggadic dicta of the rabbis of the Talmud.

Keywords:   Rabbi Judah Loew, aggadah, Maharal of Prague, aggadot, Talmud, ḥidushim, Torah, midrashim

Liverpool Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.