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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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Responses to Critiques of ‘Maimonides’ Iggeret ha-Shemad: Law and Rhetoric’

Responses to Critiques of ‘Maimonides’ Iggeret ha-Shemad: Law and Rhetoric’

(p.331) Chapter Thirteen Responses to Critiques of ‘Maimonides’ Iggeret ha-Shemad: Law and Rhetoric’
Collected Essays: v. 2

Haym Soloveitchik

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides responses to a series of critiques regarding the contents of the previous chapter. The first is a response to David Hartman, addressing in particular how one should characterize Maimonides' deeds: as an act of religious leadership or as the rendering of a halakhic judgment. Next, the chapter responds to remarks made by Yair Lorberbaum and Hayyim Shapira. Then, the chapter turns to Rabbi Aryeh Strikovsky, focusing in particular on his alternative reading of Maimonides' position. Finally, the chapter makes a response to criticism by Rabbi Hillel Novetsky, who likewise presents an alternative reading of the Iggeret ha-Shemad.

Keywords:   Maimonides, Iggeret ha-Shemad, David Hartman, Yair Lorberbaum, Hayyim Shapira, Aryeh Strikovsky, Hillel Novetsky, alternative readings, criticisms

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