Category Archives: Marc B. Shapiro

Suicide and the World-to-Come

Marc B. Shapiro writes in 1993: In 1880 the Jewish community of Iraq was forced to confront a sharp increase in antisemitic persecution. Not all of the country’s Jews were prepared for this new phenomenon and the result was a … Continue reading

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Tradition in Transition: Orthodoxy, Halakhah, and the Boundaries of Modern Jewish Identity

Marc B. Shapiro writes circa 1992: Hildesheimer came down firmly on the side of Orthodoxy. In his mind, Frankel, Graetz, and other professors at Breslau were heretics. Not only was Frankel a meshumad—which made him even worse than an apikores—but … Continue reading

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RABBI DAVID TSEVI HOFFMANN ON ORTHODOX INVOLVEMENT WITH THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY

Marc B. Shapiro writes in 1999: When, in the early 1920’s, serious planning for a Jewish University in Jerusalem got underway, the Orthodox community was put into a quandary. The notion of a university in Jerusalem in which heretical ideas, … Continue reading

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Judaism & The Trinity

Marc B. Shapiro writes: Throughout Jewish literature one can find any number of explanations as to how the notion of the Trinity is in direct opposition to Jewish teachings, since Judaism demands a simple, unified God. There is no doubt … Continue reading

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Studies in Maimonides and His Interpreters

Marc B. Shapiro writes in 2009: In my book I gave many examples of Maimonides misquoting verses from the Pentateuch and the rest of the Bible, which I attributed to Maimonides citing from memory. It is not uncommon for medieval … Continue reading

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