A Jew and a Gentile Take a Cruise: Halakhic Legal Fictions Through the Lens of Mekhirat Hametz

Date: Mar 04, 2020 - Mar 04, 2020

Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning | Online Learning for Clergy

Location: Online

Category: Clergy: Continuing Ed Online Learning


Three Wednesdays
March 4, 11, 18, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

With Dr. Josh Kulp, Rosh Yeshiva, The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem

How did we arrive at today’s widespread practice of “selling” all our hametz via a communal representative before Pesah, only to “buy it back” afterwards as a matter of course? We will explore the historical antecedents for selling hametz, the origins of the practice in rabbinic sources, and how it developed through the generations. We will also examine theories as to how this sale actually works. Finally, we will consider what limits could or should be placed on the sale of hametz. Throughout, we will reflect on questions including the necessity of relying on gentiles to aid in Jewish observance and the desirability of utilizing halakhic loopholes.

This class is geared toward rabbis and others with advanced text skills. Texts will be studied in the original rabbinic Hebrew. Offered in partnership with the Conservative Yeshiva and the Rabbinical Assembly.

Cost: $60 

Recordings will be available for those unable to attend live. 

Registration required.


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