Making Leviticus Relevant

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Course ID: Jewish Studies 40631
Division: Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies
Program: Jewish Studies (Undergraduate), Jewish Studies (Graduate)
Location: On Campus

The biblical book of Leviticus deals primarily with rituals that involved the ancient Temple and its priesthood. After the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, the early Rabbis were faced with the challenge of interpreting Leviticus so that it remained a meaningful part of the Torah and a relevant Book to the Jewish world. Their new and creative approach to Leviticus emerges in the midrashic text known as Leviticus Rabbah. In order to understand the Rabbis’ ingenious interpretations of Leviticus, and their relevance to the contemporary Jewish world, selections from Leviticus Rabbah will be studied in English translation.