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date: 13 November 2019

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The modern study of ethics and moral duties in Rabbinic Judaism has its foundation in the examination of halakhah and covenant. Recent scholarship of the last twenty-five years has emphasized that rabbinic sources situate law in relation to exegesis and narrative, and the well-known distinction between law (halakhah) and non-legal materials (aggadah) has been examined both for its significance in culture and identity creation and for its intellectual and moral features. A renewed approach to ethics and moral duties in Rabbinic Judaism studies halakhah with attention to the intertwining of textual and literary forms with conceptual content, and with attention to political and social contestation, as well as identity formation, in the articulation of legal standards. The domain of law overlaps with that of morality in several elements of halakhah, including ritual practice, taxation and charity, relations between men and women, and responses to damages.

Keywords: ethics, duties, Mishnah, Talmud, midrash, Judaism, rabbi, rabbinic, halakhah

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