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Haym Soloveitchik

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113997

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113997.001.0001

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Printing and the History of Halakhah

Printing and the History of Halakhah

(p.402) Chapter Sixteen Printing and the History of Halakhah
Collected Essays

Haym Soloveitchik

Liverpool University Press

This chapter assesses the impact of the printing, in the eighteenth century, of the ḥiddushim of Bet Midrasho shel ha-Ramban. First, it opened anew the halakhic discussion. With the infusion of thousands of doctrines of Ramban, Rashba, and Ritva, and the hosts of new positions registered in the Shitah Mekubbetset, rabbinical scholars were now required to reopen closed issues and weigh the established rulings against the claims of the new doctrines that were streaming into the system. They had to scour the Talmud to see whether there were passages that supported some of the new doctrines and to assess whether the new views of Ramban's school contained juridical insights that set past rulings at naught. Second, printing introduced a new level of halakhic thinking into the legal discourse. The solutions advanced by the Bet Midrasho shel ha-Ramban are more suasive than those of the Tosafists.

Keywords:   printing, ḥiddushim, Bet Midrasho shel ha-Ramban, halakhic discussion, halakhah, rabbinical scholars, Talmud, Ramban, halakhic thinking, legal discourse

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