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5. Daniel Sperber - Scientific Disciplines

5. Daniel Sperber - Scientific Disciplines

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STUDIES IN JEWISH THOUGHTAND IDENTITY
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LEGITIMACY AND NECESSITY:SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES AND THE LEARNING OF TALMUD
THE ROBERT M. BERENCOLLEGE
D
 ANIEL
S
PERBER 
BEIT MORASHA OF JERUSALEM
 
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© Robert M. Beren CollegeBeit Morasha of JerusalemThe Academic Center for Jewish Studies and LeadershipPOB 29253, Jerusalem 91292 Israelwww.bmj.org.il ISSN 1565-8007Shevat 5766 / February 2006We acknowledge with thanks the permission of Jason Aronson Publishers/Rowman and LittleeldPublishingGroupandtheOrthodoxForum/RIETSto republish the rstpartofDanielSperber’snow-expandedarticle:“OntheLegitimacy of ScienticDisciplinesforTrue‘Learning’oftheTalmud”byDaniel Sperber, from the 1997 book 
Modern Scholarship in the Study of Torah
, edited by Shalom Carmy.
 
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REFACE
It is with great pleasure that I present to the discerning publicthis rstessayinournew
StudiesinJewishThoughtandIdentity
 publication series.In bringing to the public a selection of original research and opinionwriting penned by Beit Morasha faculty and associates, this seriesseeks to stimulate public on, and consideration of, contendingapproaches to the central religious and philosophical issues for contemporary committed Jews.This rstofferingaprovocativeandfar-reachingessaybytheRobert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Talmud at Beit Morasha – is an excellent example of the type of scholarship we seek toengender: outstanding traditional Torah scholarship integrated withmodern research, exegetical methodology and academic discipline.Beit Morasha of Jerusalem was founded almost fteenyearsagowith the aim of creating a sophisticated, well-rounded and sensitiveintellectual leadership capable of being the catalyst for a new Jewishand Zionist identity for Israel.In the army, in school systems, in politics and in communities acrossthe country, Beit Morasha facilitators and graduates of the RobertM. Beren College are at the forefront of innovative Jewish andZionist identity initiatives.Beit Morasha’s burgeoning reputation has drawn signicantfunding and growing support from the nestphilanthropiesandmost discerning donors in the Jewish world. We are building theJewish leadership of tomorrow.
 Prof. Benjamin Ish-Shalom
Founder and Rector 

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