Legislating Pain and Suffering: Difficult Emotions in Rabbinic Law

Date: Mar 10, 2021 - Mar 10, 2021

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

An Online Mini-Course with Dr. Sarah Wolf

Wednesdays March 10, 17, 24 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET 

Does a legal system have an obligation to acknowledge and perhaps protect its subjects from painful emotions? And if so, how can legislators define or quantify our private, subjective experiences? In this three-part series, we will explore how the rabbis treated suffering, shame, and despair in their legal texts. Along the way, we will gain a better understanding of what law’s relationship to emotion can and should be, as well as how we relate to emotions in our own culture. 

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Special Discussion Sessions After Class: Following each session there will be an opportunity to further discuss the material taught during the class. The 45-minute discussion session will be facilitated by a JTS graduate student and will be open to a limited number of participants (sign-up during registration required).


$60 for three sessions

Dr. Sarah Wolf is Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics.