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Sunday, February 17 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
The Talmudic Story of Shimon b. Shetah and King Yannai: Rabbinic Perspectives on Judicial and Executive Conflict

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The Talmud recounts a conflict between Shimon b. Shetah, a leading rabbinic judge, and King Yannai of the Hasmonean dynasty (Sanhedrin 19a-b). The story, which ends in disaster, relates to key questions of political philosophy, including the importance of an independent judiciary, the separation of powers, and interpretive authority. The story is surprisingly relevant to political tensions between the executive and judicial authority we witness today.

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Jeffrey Rubenstein

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein is the Skirball Professor of Talmud in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies of NYU. He received his B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College, his M.A. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received rabbinic ordination, and his Ph.D... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5 (5th Floor)