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Haym Soloveitchik

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113980

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113980.001.0001

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The ‘Third Yeshivah of Bavel’ and the Cultural Origins of Ashkenaz—A Proposal

The ‘Third Yeshivah of Bavel’ and the Cultural Origins of Ashkenaz—A Proposal

(p.150) Chapter Nine The ‘Third Yeshivah of Bavel’ and the Cultural Origins of Ashkenaz—A Proposal
Collected Essays: v. 2

Haym Soloveitchik

Liverpool University Press

This chapter suggests a new narrative of the genesis of Ashkenazic culture. It points to a key source, one of the major components of that civilization. This source of Ashkenazic halakhah has been open to public view ever since 1881, when ‘The Brothers and Widow of Romm’ published in Vilna immediately became the standard edition of the Talmud. The chapter goes on to explain that this starting point goes far in explaining some of the lasting characteristics of Ashkenaz. It argues for the centrality of the Babylonian Talmud in Ashkenazic halakhic culture. Hence, this chapter sketches the contours of a proposal to conclude the re-evaluation of Early Ashkenaz on a constructive note.

Keywords:   Early Ashkenaz, Babylonian Talmud, Bavli, Ashkenazic halakhah, Ashkenazic culture, cultural origins, Third Yeshivah of Bavel

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