Prof. Haim Weiss
27 teaching hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS
Haim Weiss is a Professor of Rabbinic literature at the department of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Among his books: Haim Weiss, “All Dreams Follow the Mouth?” A Literary and Cultural Reading in the Talmudic ‘Dream Tractate‘(2011 Hebrew); Mira Balberg and Haim Weiss, When Near Becomes Far: Old Age in Rabbinic Literature, (2021); Haim Weiss and Shira Stav, The Return of the Missing Father: A New Reading of a chain of Stories from the Babylonian Talmud, (2022).
In late antiquity in general and in Rabbinic culture in particular the concepts of “border” and “border crossing” are very illusive and flexible. In this course we will try to get familiar with Rabbinic culture and literature by examining different kinds of borders: Familial, religious and cultural. Every class session will involve study of relevant primary sources mainly from the Babylonian Talmud and the discussion will revolve around those sources.