The central theme of a series of scholarly meetings is a unique and enduring halakhic-literary phenomenon that, to a great extent, shaped the Jewish religious world from early modernity until today. Тhe Galician scholars had significant impact on the developing of this diversified literature.
In four meetings, we wish to investigate the enduring literary phenomena known as the “nosei kelim” – literally, the “arms bearers” of Shulḥan Arukh – the works that accumulated around the central text. It is these works that created and recreate, each time with a different form, the culture of Shulḥan Arukh. This literary endeavor began in the fifteenth century and continues, in many senses, even today.
We seek to understand the various works: their specific histories, their interpretive horizons, the normative universes that they reinforce and that can be observed through them, and the forms of expression, flexibility, and continuity that they create with respect to Shulḥan Arukh and with respect to one another. Aided by these inquiries, we hope to attain a better understanding of this interpretive genre and the history of a law that bears within itself this unique phenomenology. The purpose is to enable new perspectives on the entire era, leading to an open group discussion without any preconceptions. To that end, we invite you to participate actively, to contribute and to benefit from the contributions of others. Each meeting will focus on a particular century.
First Meeting: The Nosei Kelim of the Seventeenth Century.3 December, 2020, Tel-Aviv University, Carter Building, room 202
Second Meeting: The Nosei Kelim of the Seventeenth Century (cont.) 14 January, 2020, Tel-Aviv University, Carter Building, room 202
Third Meeting: The Nosei Kelim of the Eighteenth Century. 25 February, 2020, Tel-Aviv University, Carter Building, room 202
Fourth Meeting: The Nosei Kelim of the Nineteenth Century. 13 March 2020, ZOOM application
For a blog post on this meeting, see here.