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Rabbinic Authority and Personal Autonomy in Early Rabbinic Law, Part 2 of 3: The Law of Niddah

This series examines how an individual鈥檚 knowledge of their body and psyche impacts halacha, a fact that demonstrates the tension between that knowledge and rabbinic expertise and authority. The various topics to be considered include a sick person eating on Yom Kippur, the law of Niddah and the application of the mais alai claim within divorce law.

This lecture deals with Niddah 57.

This series was taught for Drisha Institute and has been uploaded with their approval.

For part 1 of the series, click here.

For Part 3, click here.


Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson

Dr. Ayelet Hoffmann Libson is a scholar of Talmud and Jewish law, and serves as associate聽professor of law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.聽She has also served as the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Jurisprudence at Harvard and Penn Law Schools. She received a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. She is a graduate of the Matan Advanced Talmud Institute and the Beit Morasha Program in Jewish Law. Her publications have appeared in journals such as聽AJS Review, Jewish Quarterly Review, American Journal of Legal History and聽Oxford Journal of Law and Religion,聽and she is the author of聽Law and Self-Knowledge in the Talmud聽(Cambridge University Press, 2018).
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