Prof. Lorberbaum Yair

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Prof. Lorberbaum Yair
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Research

Research interests: 

Jewish Law, Jewish Thought, Philosophy of Law, Legal Theory

Publications

Books

1. The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 1: Authority, Yale University Press: New Haven & London 2000 (with M. Walzer et al.)

2. Zelem Elohim – Halakhah ve-Aggadah, Schoken: Tel Aviv 2004 [Hebrew]

3. Melekh Evyon, ha-Melukhah ba-Sifrut ha-Yehudit ha-K'lasit, Bar Ilan University Press: Ramat Gan 2008 [Hebrew]

4. Disempowered King, Kingship in Classical Judaism, Continuum: London 2011

5. In God's Image – Myth, Theology and Law in Classical Judaism, Cambridge UP: Cambridge and New York 2015

6. Gezerat Ha-katuv (Decree of Scripture) – Rules and Reasons, Theology and Halakhah (forthcoming 2018) [Hebrew]

7. Apples of Gold in Silver Settings – Maimonides on Parables, Philosophy and Law [Hebrew, submitted for publication]

Articles (Selection)

1. "On Murder, Capital Punishment and Humanity Created in the Image of God in Tannaitic Literature," Pelilim 7 (1999), pp. 223-272 [Hebrew]

2. "Maimonides on Humans Created in God's Image: Law and Philosophy – Murder, Criminal Procedure, and Capital Punishment," Tarbiz 68 (1999), pp. 533-556 [Hebrew].

3. "Nahmaninides' Kabbalah on Humanity Created in God's Image", Kabbalah 5 (2000), pp. 287-326.

4. "'The Seventh Cause' – On Contradictions in The Guide of the Perplexed – A New Approach,' Tarbiz 69 (2000): 237-211 [Hebrew]

5. "Dam, Adam, Demut – On Decapitation in Talmudic Literature," Mehkerey Mishpat 15 (2000), pp. 429-456 [Hebrew]

6. "Humans created in the Image of God and the Commandment to Procreate: Talmudic Literature and Maimonides," 'Iyuney Mishpat 26 (2001), pp. 695-754 [Hebrew].

7. "The Place of the Priest." in: The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. I: Authority. Yale Up 2000, pp. 177-181.

8. "Imago Dei im Judentum: Fruh-Rabbinische Literatur, Philosophie und Kabbala. Die Lehre von Gott, vom Menschen und vom Anfang im talmudischen and kabbalistischen Judentum," Gottesbegriff, Weltursprung und Menschenbild in den Weltreligionen, Herausgegeben von Peter Koslowski, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munchen 2000, pp. 67-87.

9. "Blood and the Image of God: Sanctity of Life in Biblical and Early Rabbinic Law, Myth and Ritual," D. Kretzmer & E. Klein (eds.), Human Dignity, The Hague: Kluwer Law International 2002, pp. 134-175.

10. "La Imago Dei dins la Mistica de Nahmanides," La Cultura Del Llibre: Herencia de Passat, Vivencia de Futur, Acres Del Congres Internacional "Cultura Sefaradita Al Mediterrani”, Girona 26-28 de Marc de 1998, Girona 1999, pp. 53-101.

11. "On Contradictions, Rationality, Dialectics and Esoterism in Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed’", The Review of Metaphysics 55 (2002), pp. 95-134.

12. (with H. Shapira) "'Maimonides Epistle on Martyrdom in Light of Legal Philosophy," Dine Israel Vol. 25 (2008), pp. 159-187

13. "'The Men of Knowledge and the Sages are drawn as it were towards this Purpose by the Divine Will' (Guide of The Perplexed, Introduction): On Maimonides" Conception of Parables," Tarbiz 71 (2002), pp. 87-132 [Hebrew].

14. "From the Temple to Humanity – Transformation in the Foci of Holiness in Early Rabbinic Literature," Eretz Yisrael and the Holly Place in Rabbinic Literature, Alon Goshen-Gotstein (ed.) (forthcoming in: Da'at 2018).

15. "Reflections on the Halakhic Status of Aggada'," Dine Israel Vol. 24 (2007), pp. 48-84

16. "Allegory, Metaphor and Symbol in The Guide of the Perplexed," Studia Judaica Vol. XVI (2008), pp. 32-58.

17. "Anthropomorphism in Early Rabbinic Literature: Maimonides and Modern Scholarship," Traditions of Maimonideanism, edited by Carlos Fraenkel, Brill Academic Publishers: Leiden 2009, pp. 313-349.

18. "Transformation in Maimonides' Approach to Aggadah," Tarbiz 68 (2009), pp. 81-122 [Hebrew]

19. "Rainbow in the Cloud – An Anger management Device," The Journal of Religion 89 (2009), pp. 87-132.

20. '"Incline Thy Ear and Hear the Words of the Wise' - Criticism of Aggadah in The Guide of the Perplexed," Tarbiz 68 (2009), pp. 202-230 [Hebrew].

21. (With A. Harel) "Reflections on Law and Culture," Mishpatim 40 (2011) [Hebrew), pp. 939-981.

22. "'Was the Rainbow Seen in his Days?" On God's Personality in Early Rabbinic Literature,' Reshit 2 (2010), pp. 2-22 [Hebrew]

23. "Maimonides on Aggadah, Halakhah and Divine Law," Dinei Israel 27 (2010), pp. 234-298 [Hebrew].

24. "Human Dignity - The Jewish Tradition," Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity (Editors: Marcus Duwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 135-144.

25. "Capital Punishment in Talmudic Literature: Diminishing the Divine Image," in: M. Walzer et. al. (eds.), The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 3 (Yale University Press: New Haven, forthcoming 2019).

26. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv (Decree of Scripture) – A Chapter in Maimonides' Legal and Halakhic Thought, Part I," Dine Israel Vol. 28 (2012), pp.123-161.

27. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv – A Chapter in Maimonides' Legal and Halakhic Thought, Part II: The Jurisprudential Sense," Dine Israel 29 (2013), pp. 101-137.

28. 'Realism Hilkhati (Halakhic Realism),' Shenaton Ha-Mishpat Ha-I'vri 27 (2012), pp. 61-130 [Hebrew].

29. "Yitshak and God's Separation Anxiety," Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 21 (2013), pp. 105-142.

30. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv – A Chapter in Maimonides' Legal and Halakhic Thought Part III: The Theological Sense," Dine Israel 31 (2016), pp. 159-210.

31. "Halakhic Realism – Conceptual, Phenomenological and Methodological Remarks," Nominalism and Realism in Halakhah Revisited: Studies in the Philosophy of Halakhah – Yohanan Silman Memorial Vol., Dinei Israel, Vol. 30 (2015), pp. 9-78.

32. "Maimonides on the Institution of Law and Legal Formalism," Mehkerei Mishpat 29 (2013), pp. 351-390 [Hebrew].

33. "Transformations in Maimonides' Conception of Philosophical Parables," Adam le-Adam: Zeev Harvey Jubilee Volume, Jerusalem 2016, pp. 110-137 [Hebrew]

34. "Gezerat Melekh (Decree of King) and Gezerat Ha-Katuv (Decree of Scripture) in Talmudic Literature," Tarbiz 82 (2014), pp. 5-42 [Hebrew].

35. "'What Would Please Them Most is that the Intellect Would Not Find a Meaning for the Commandments and the Prohibitions' – On Transcending the Rationales of the Commandments: A Close Reading of The Guide of the Perplexed III 31," Da'at 77 (2014), pp. 15-50 [Hebrew].

36. "On the (Rawlsian) Distinction between the Just and the Good, and the Difference between the Legislator and the Judge – A Response to Alon Harel," Iyunei Mishpat 37 (2015), pp. 281-288 [Hebrew].

37. "Did Nahmanides Perceive Kabbalah as 'Close Knowledge'?" Zion 82 (2017), pp. 309-354 [Hebrew].

38. "Rejection Reasons in Halakhic Discourse: The Debate on the Rationale for the Prohibitions on Marring the Corners of the Head and the Beard," Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought XXV (2017), pp. 45-102 [Hebrew]

39. "Halakhic Religiosity of Mystery and Transcendence, Halakhic Religiosity of Obedience and Servitude, and other forms of Rejecting Reasons of the Commandments" Dine Israel (forthcoming 2018).

40. "On Rules and Reasons in Legal and Halakhic Reasoning," Forthcoming in: Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought XXVI [Hebrew].

Books

1.The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 1: Authority, Yale University Press, New Haven & London 2000

2.Zelem Elohim – Halakhah ve-Aggadah, Schoken: Tel Aviv 2004 [Hebrew]

3.Melekh Evyon, ha-Melukhah ba-Sifrut ha-Yehudit ha-K'lasit, Bar Ilan University Press: Ramat Gan 2008 [Hebrew]

4.Disempowered King, Kingship in Classical Judaism, Continuum: London 2011

5.In God's Image – Myth, Theology and Law in Classical Judaism, Cambridge UP: Cambridge and New York 2015

6.Gezerat Ha-katuv (Decree of Scripture) – Rules and Reasons, Theology and Halakhah, (forthcoming 2016) [Hebrew]

7. Apples of Gold in Silver Settings – Maimonides on Parables, Philosophy and Law [Hebrew, submitted for publication]

Articles (Selection)

  1. "On Murder, capital Punishment and Humans created in the Image of God I Tannaitic Literature," Pelilim 7 (1999): 223-272 [Hebrew]

  2. 'Maimonides on Humans Created in God's Image: Law and Philosophy – Murder, Criminal Procedure, and Capital Punishment,' Tarbiz 68 (1999): 533-556 [Hebrew].

  3. 'Nahmaninides' Kabbalah on Man Created in God's Image', Kabbalah, 5 (2000): 287-326

  4. '"The Seventh Cause" – On Contradictions in The Guide of the Perplexed,' Tarbiz 69 (2000): 237-211 [Hebrew]

  5. 'Dam, Adam, Demut – On Decapitation in Talmudic Literature,' Mehkerey Mishpat 15 (2000): 429-456 [Hebrew]

  6. 'Humans created in the Image of God and the Commandment to Procreate: Talmudic Literature and Maimonides,' 'Iyuney Mishpat 26 (2001): 695-754 [Hebrew]

  7. ‘The Place of the Priest' in: The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. I: Authority. Yale Up 2000, pp. 177-181.

  8. ‘Imago Dei im Judentum: Fruh-Rabbinische Literatur, Philosophie und  Kabbala. Die Lehre von Gott, vom Menschen und vom Anfang im talmudischen and kabbalistischen Judentum', Gottesbegriff, Weltursprung und Menschenbild in den Weltreligionen, Herausgegeben von Peter Koslowski, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munchen 2000, pp. 67-87.

  9. ‘Blood and the Image of God: Sanctity of Life in Biblical and Early Rabbinic Law, Myth and Ritual’, D. Kretzmer & E. Klein (eds.), Human Dignity, The Hague: Kluwer Law International 2002.

  10. ‘La Imago Dei dins la mistica de Nahmanides’, La Cultura Del Llibre: Herencia de Passat, Vivencia de Futur, Acres Del Congres Internacional "Cultura Sefaradita Al Mediterrani”, Girona 26-28 de Marc de 1998, Girona 1999, pp. 53-101.

  11. ‘On Contradictions, Rationality, Dialectics and Esoterism in Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed’, The Review of Metaphysics 55 (June 2002): 95-134.

  12. (with H. Shapira) 'Maimonides Epistle on Martyrdom in Light of Legal Philosophy', Dine Yisrael Vol. 25 (2008), pp. 159-187

  13. "Maimonides on Parables," Tarbiz 71 (2002): 84-132 [Hebrew]

  14. "From the Temple to Humanity – Transformation in the foci of Holiness in Early Rabbinic Literature," Eretz Yisrael and the Holly Place in Rabbinic Literature, Alon Goshen-Gotstein (ed.) (forthcoming 2016), pp, 37-69.

  15. "Reflections on the Halakhic Status of Aggada'," Dine Yisrael Vol. 24 (2007), pp. 48-84

  16. "Allegory, Metaphor and Symbol in The Guide of the Perplexed," Studia Judaica Vol. XVI (2008)

  17. "Anthropomorphism in Early Rabbinic Literature: Maimonides and Modern Scholarship," Traditions of Maimonideanism, edited by Carlos Fraenkel, Brill Academic Publishers: Leiden 2009, pp. 313-349.

  18. 'Transformation in Maimonides' Approach to Aggadah,' Tarbiz 68(1) (2009) 81-122 [Hebrew]

  19. 'Rainbow in the Cloud – An Anger management Device, The Journal of Religion 89 (2009), pp. 87-132

  20. 'Criticism of Aggadah in The Guide of the Perplexed,' Tarbiz 68 (2009): 202-230 [Hebrew]

  21. (With Alon Harel) "Reflections on Law and Culture," Mishpatim 40 (2011) [Hebrew)

  22. "'Was the Rainbow Seen in his Days?" On God's Personality in Early Rabbinic Literature,' Reshit 2 (2010) 2-22 [Hebrew]

  23. "Maimonides on Aggadah, Halakhah and Divine Law,' Dinei Yisrael 27 (2010): 234-298 [Hebrew]

  24.  "Human Dignity - The Jewish Tradition," Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity (Editors: Marcus Duwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming 2013)

  25.  "Capital Punishment in Talmudic Literature: Diminishing the Divine Image," in:  M. Walzer et. al. (eds.), The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 3 (Yale University Press: New Haven, forthcoming 2015)

  26. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv – Part II: Decree of Scripture in the Jurisprudential Sense in Maimonides' Code," forthcoming in: Dine Yisrael 29 (2012)

  27. 'Realism Hilkhati (Halakhic Realism),' Shenaton Ha-Mishpat Ha-I'vri 27 (2012), pp. 61-130 [Hebrew].

  28. 'Yitshak and God's Separation Anxiety,' Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 21 (2013): 105-142

  29. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv – Part III: Decree of Scripture in the Theological Sense in Maimonides' Code," forthcoming in: Dine Yisrael 31 (2016).

  30. "Halakhic Realism – Conceptual, Phenomenological and Methodological Remarks," Nomonalism and Realism in Halakhah Revisited: Studies in the Philosophy of Halakhah – Yohanan Silman Memorial Vol.(Dinei Israel, Vol. 30 [2015]), pp. 9-78

  31. "Maimonides on the Institution of Law and Legal Formalism," Mehkerei Mishpat 29 (2013), pp. 351-390.

  32. "Transformations in Maimonides' Conception of Philosophical Parables," Zeev Harvey Jubilee Volume (forthcoming 2016). pp. 110-137  [Hebrew]

  33. Gezerat Melekh (Decree of King) and Gezerat Ha-Katuv (Decree of Scripture) in Talmudic Literature,' Tarbiz 82 (2014) 5-42 [Hebrew]

  34. "'What Would Please Them Most is that the Intellect Would Not Find a Meaning for the Commandments and the Prohibitions,' – On Transcending the Rationales of the Commandments: A Close Reading of The Guide of the Perplexed III 31," Da'at 77 (2014), 15-50 [Hebrew].

  35. "On the (Rawlsian) Distinction between the Just and the Good, and on the Difference Between the Court and the Legislator - Comments on Alon Harel's…," Iyunei Mishpat 37 (2015): 281-288

Lectures and Conferences (selection)               

1993-2016       At the Universities: Penn, Chicago, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, GTU-Berkeley, Harvard-NELC, Harvard Law School, Cardozo School of Law, Humboldt University (Berlin), University College (London), Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, Mcgill University Montreal, NYU Law School, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Yale Law School – Workshop in Legal Theory, Columbia University, Religion Department, Heidelberg University, Germany

Work in progress

Books in preparation

  1. Jealous and Containing God –  On Gods Personality in the Pentateuch
  2. Jewish Law and Legal Theory
  3. The Rise of Halakhic Religiosity of Mystery and Transcendence in the Jewish Tradition

Books Edited

  1. Nahmanides, A Collection of Essays (with M. Idel)
  2. Reshit, Vols. 1-2 (2008-2010)
  3. Nominalism and Realism in Halakhah Revisited: Studies in the Philosophy of Halakhah – Yohanan Silman Memorial Vol.  (with J. Rubenstein) (=Dinei Israel, Vol. 30 [2015])

 

Resume

Yair Lorberbaum is a member of the Law Faculty at Bar Ilan University, where he lectures on the Philosophy of Law, Jewish Law and Jewish Thought. He has been a guest lecturer at: Yale University, Cardozo Law School, Princeton University, and NYU Law School. He served as the Gruss Professor of Talmudic Law, in the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and he was a Starr fellow at The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.

 

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Courses

Jewush Law, History and Theory of Halakhah, Maimonides: Law and Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory