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  JTSFuture Blog » Ethically Driven Halakha: The Future of the Conservative Movement
By aggada I mean the values and ethical musings that underlie the halakha.
Rightwing Judaism is focused on halakha and leftwing on aggada.
During freshman orientation, an all-day seminar should be held in which faculty explain to new students how Conservative halakha and aggada operate in theory, and how the theory was applied recently, in exemplary fashion, to the question of women’s equality of ritual opportunity.
www.shma.com /jts-shma/?p=62   (1288 words)

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Where there is conflicting opinion in medrash and aggada, one is not bound to decide in favour of the one opinion over another.
Aggada and medrash will only achieve the desired end in the hands of a teacher who understands the pupil and understands the system employed by the authors of the text.
At the first encounter with Aggada or Medrash, and often after that, one should explain to the student that chazal were speaking in metaphor, allegory and parable.
www.shemayisrael.com /outreach/archive/medrash.htm   (2474 words)

 Aggadah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In general, the aggadot are presented as folklore, historical anecdotes, moral exhortations, and business and medical advice, and often refer to mythical creatures, and incredible historical events.
In the Midrash, the aggadic and halakhic material are compiled as two distinct collections: the Aggadic Midrashim, generally, are explanatory aggada, deriving the "sermonic implications" from the biblical text; the Halakhic Midrashim derive the laws from the text.
Note that many of the Torah commentaries, and the Targumim, interpret the Torah text in the light of Aggadic statements, particularly those in the Midrash, and hence contain much material on Aggadah interpretation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Aggadah   (1807 words)

 Yeshivat Hamivtar - Orot Lev | Features |   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Aggada, on the other hand, represents freshness and fiery enthusiasm; while Judaism does have a set of concrete, unchanging beliefs, its philosophical expression often employs the idiom of the time to convey Jewish ideals.
The older woman represents Halakha, as she insists on the consistency and stability of tradition, the white hairs.
God speaks of a "wall of fire:" the protective wall of Halakha and the burning flame of Aggada jointly provide the framework for a Jewish life that combines tradition with novelty and stability with enthusiasm.
www.yhol.org.il /features/aggadot/aggadot42.htm   (626 words)

 Judaism 101 - Rabbi Yaakov Ibn Chaviv - A Glossary of Basic Jewish Terms and Concepts - OU.ORG
While he resided in Spain R. Yaakov had planned to compose a compendium of the Aggada portion of the Talmud but was unable to do so due to the paucity of copies of the Talmud and the Commentaries.
His work was not intended to encompass the complete Aggada of the Talmud but was to be a selection of passages in 12 categories, or what he called 12 pillars: Torah, Avodah, Kindness, Justice, Truth, Peace, Repentance, Heaven and Hell, Mitzvot, G-d, The Temple and Messiah.
As time went on additional parts of the Aggada were added as were more commentaries so that the Ayn Yaakov which we know today is an expanded version of R. Yaakov’s original work.
www.ou.org /about/judaism/rabbis/chaviv.htm   (350 words)

 Mail.Liberal-Judaism Volume 4 Number 44
Aggada appears on the surface to be mere stories and anecdotes.
If one studies aggada enough, one will come to learn the non-halachic aspects of Judaism that is necessary if one is to observe the spirit as well as the letter of the Law.
But ask them about a piece of aggada (such as "what did the serpent really mean, and what does the event come to teach us?") and they probably won't be able to go further than opening up a Chumash and reading the commentaries printed within.
www.mljewish.org /cgi-bin/retrieve.cgi?VOLUME=4&NUMBER=44&FORMAT=html   (1960 words)

 aggcomm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The problem: the commentary is Aggada, with the latter being a general subject heading.
As regards your question whether "Aggada" may be used for the aggadic texts themselves, that is indeed the appropriate usage.
For criticism of Aggada, we would use either 650 0 Aggada$vCommentaries (as in this case, referring to the excerpts from rabbinic writings about the aggadot) or 650 0 Aggada$xHistory and criticism (for a work not in the format of a commentary).
www.princeton.edu /~rsimon/aggcomm.html   (248 words)

But the texts of the Aggada seem to have acquired a new and added significance at the turn of the second millennium.
The Aggada is without question a spring of inspiration for Jewry today in its quest for a new position in the world.
The importance of these literary sources is even greater for the Jews of Russia, an environment where literature has always meant a great deal more than in other countries, where writers of fiction have for years been regarded, in fact, venerated more than philosophers.
www.jum.ru /finproj/seferhaag.htm   (481 words)

 Beit Midrash Patuah: Masekhet Kiddushin - Glossary
Aggada: All the parts of the oral Torah that are not halakha.
Aggada is made up of stories, explanations of stories from the Bible, values, morals, ideas, cosmology and other sciences, theology, and philosophy.
Tannaim: The sages who created or passed on (this, of course, depends on the narrative) the Oral Torah during the years 0 to 200 CE.
www.bj.org /masekhet_kiddushin/mk_glossary.html   (639 words)

 Daf Parashat Hashavua
Rambam altogether rejects this approach to Aggada, on the basis of the rational Aristotelian principle whereby one should not accept things that cannot possibly be.
None of their remarks was meaningless, but they had two levels, "overt" and "hidden," and any assertion that appeared to be impossible was in fact intended as a parable.
He stresses that Aggada contains a hidden (allegorical) dimension in addition to its overt (literal) sense, and wherever a literal intepretation contradicts rational thinking we are required to seek an allegorical explanation.
www.biu.ac.il /JH/Parasha/eng/vayechi/elkayam.html   (1487 words)

Chapter nine formulates the benedictions to be uttered on a large number of special occasions.
Another striking piece of Aggada is the account of the quarrel between Rabban Gamaliel and R. Joshua in
Containing as it does few passages of legal casuistry, Berakoth is among the easiest of the tractates, and on this account and because of its wealth of Aggada it is perhaps the most suitable with which to commence the study of the Talmud.
www.nku.edu /~kenneyr/Judaism/Zeraim.html   (1284 words)

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The actual understanding of the aggada was not particularly difficult, and therefore I left it to you.
A shiur on aggada is a different thing entirely than the usual learning of Talmud, and I decided that this is not the proper place for it.
I did want you to see what a page of aggada is like, since it is an essential part of the Talmud.
vbm-torah.org /talmud/18tal.doc   (2842 words)

 UCR CHASS: Department of Philosophy
Clearly, conceptual refinement and coherence is not a high priority in the Bible and Aggada.
For these general statements are by no means high-level principles, discursive articulations of inclusive formulas, statements from which one can infer all the particular laws.
One might bring to bear insights gained from experience along with the analytical and dialectical skills exhibited by the Rabbis of the Talmud, virtues that seem closely connected with the virtues of philosophy, on the more modest conception mentioned at the end of the last section.
www.philosophy.ucr.edu /people/wettstein/doctrine.html   (9617 words)

 Lexikon Aggada
Die Aggada (hebräisch: „Verkündung/Erzählung“) enthält im Unterschied zur Halacha die nichtgesetzlichen Inhalte der antiken rabbinischen Literatur, die - meistens im Anschluss an biblische Texte und Stoffe - das religiöse Denken widerspiegeln, jedoch nicht als verbindliche Lehre gewertet werden.
Die meisten Elemente der Aggada sind über zweitausend Jahre alt.
Die Aggada ist nicht zu verwechseln mit Haggada shel Pesach.
lexikon.freenet.de /Aggada   (145 words)

 InnerNet Magazine
When you get right down to it, there is no shortage of passages in the aggada, or philosophical component of Torah, that would raise the eyebrows of the newcomer to Torah study.
Even some "insiders" might be taken aback by more than a few selections from the part of our tradition that deals with the philosophical and historical, rather than the strictly legal.
In the infamous polemical debates of medieval times, a frequent target of the venom of both the Church and the Karaites was the philosophical aggada.
www.heritage.org.il /innernet/archives/aggada.htm   (3300 words)

 Inquiring Minds Want To Know
Soon after, it happened that the same disciple was on a boat on the high sea, and he saw ministering angels sitting and sawing precious stones and pearls the size of 30 X 30 cubits, and cutting openings in them of 20 X 10 cubits.
But with the explanation of the classical commentaries, the depth and breadth of the story is revealed.
His popular Aggada class for the Atlanta Scholars Kollel is currently in its tenth year.
www.tfdixie.com /parshat/vayakhel/017.htm   (806 words)

 Prof. Zipora Kagan
Halacha and Aggada - Law and Literature in Modern Hebrew Literature (2001).
From Aggada to Modern Fiction in the Works of Berdyczewski, Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Haifa University (Tel Aviv, 1983), 128pp.
Halakha and Aggada as a code of Literature, Mossad Bialik (Jerusalem 1988), 160pp.
hcc.haifa.ac.il /Departments/literature/staff/zkagan.htm   (541 words)

 Mail-Jewish Volume 16 Number 94
I believe that I present nothing new, but that they are all based on the major thrust of our literature and our mesorah of previous centuries.
In particular, if a passage seems to convey something to us that completely violates our sensibilities, it is likely that we have missed its real thrust, and therefore do not learn from it.
This is particularly likely when the source is an aggada that was incorporated by the editors of the Gemara.
www.ottmall.com /mj_ht_arch/v16/mj_v16i94.html   (2082 words)

 The Bible in Early Judaism and Christianity (SPBL303)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Fraenkel, after his pioneering studies of the literary forms of Aggada that Heinemann had deliberately not treated in his study (stories, parables, apothegms) published a magisterial two volume summary of his own studies, Darchei Hamidrash VehaAggada, including in the first section a wide ranging re-formulation and re-presentation of Heinemann's work on Aggada.
Ginzberg, as the title indicates, approached the Aggada from a folkloristic perspective.
Path-breaking work on the terminology of the aggada and the collected aggada of the Sages was done in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by Wilhelm Bacher in his Exegetische Teminologie  and his multi volume  die Agada der Tannaiten (
overseas.huji.ac.il /oslibrary/bib.php?cid=443   (1323 words)

 Philosophy of Halacha--Beliefnet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The types of heresy faced by the klal were not so much idolatry as variant understanding of the law, such as the Sadducees and the Essenes.
All these things hang by the hair of some love: love of the land, love of the language, love of literature.
By its very nature, Aggada relates to the optional; it is weak in saying 'yes' or 'no'…
www.beliefnet.com /study_groups/studygroup_message_list.asp?studyGroupID=7962&discussionID=498773   (739 words)

 Rabbi Yaakov Haber - The Nazir, N’si’im, and Nuances
Rav Z. Chajes zt"l even notes that there were two academies in the time of the Talmud: one for Aggada and one for Halacha.
This is why, he notes, that certain amora’im (Talmudic sages) are rarely quoted in matters of Halacha but are abundantly quoted in areas of Aggada.
Similarly, concerning mitzvos, our tradition allows for varying amounts of time spent on one mitzva at the expense of another and vice-versa depending on the individual, all within the system of Halacha.
www.torahweb.org /torah/2001/parsha/rhab_naso.html   (837 words)

 On the Main Line: Flogging that dead horse: fantastic midrash aggada.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This particular aggada is used by all sorts of characters to prove anything they like about Torah and halakha.
Perhaps the imagery in the aggada was inspired as well by certain realities.
For example, it says that the walls of that beis midrash were in a strange fallen position to that very day.
onthemainline.blogspot.com /2005/05/flogging-that-dead-horse-fantastic.html   (813 words)

 World of the Sages: Halacha and Aggada - Inseparable Sisters
The Talmud is a work rich in both Halacha (Jewish law) and Aggada (Jewish lore).
It is therefore surprising to find in the Ein Ya'acov the talmudic discussion concerning the recital of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) during the prayer service (B. Berachot 12a).
In fact, he appears to acknowledge that despite his gallant attempt to prise the Aggada from the Halacha in the Talmud, such a dissection is a near-impossible task for even in halachic passages, aggadic messages can be drawn.
www.pardes.org.il /online_learning/weekly-talmud/2006-11-26   (960 words)

 Shoftim 5764 - Nishmat
According to the Mai HaShiloach the shoftim (judges) represent our own ability to judge for ourselves whether or not something is appropriate behavior, whereas the shotrim (policemen) are our ability to abide by those decisions.
In other words it is incumbent upon us to study halacha so that we know the law, but at the same time we must strengthen ourselves through the study of aggada, including philosophy and chassidut that helps motivate us to observe the law.
We are told to place judges and policemen in "all of your gates".
www.nishmat.net /article.php?id=238&heading=1   (447 words)

 Mail.Liberal-Judaism Volume 15 Number 21
But Halacha is embedded in a long story that begins with the creation of the world...It continues with the building of the desert sanctuary, the trek through the wilderness, the conquest of the Promised Land, with exile and redemption and the rest.
The broader framework, then, is aggada, Halacha, aggada or, in our modern idiom, theology, Halacha, theology.
When we claim that Halacha is "embedded" in aggada, we are using a thoroughly appropriate metaphor.
www.mljewish.org /cgi-bin/retrieve.cgi?VOLUME=15&NUMBER=21&FORMAT=html   (904 words)

 Shtetl: Yiddish Literature in America, 1870-2000
It was the construction of ba’aley aggada, masters of Jewish lore -- the weavers of parable, metaphor, paradigm and myth.
In modern times, the role of the ba’aley aggada and the later paytanim or liturgical poets was assumed by the poets and fiction writers of our people, particularly those who did their work in Yiddish and Hebrew.
One of the major functions of literature is to convey the historical meaning of a civilization by crystallizing its self-expression.
www.ibiblio.org /yiddish/Book/Goldsmith/yla-intr.html   (3299 words)

 Jewish expression takes many forms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The implication of that claim is that the Aggada, broadly defined as all Jewish religious expressions that are not explicitly statements of law, is inauthentic and not worth serious study.
But this code of law is embedded in an Aggada, a narrative, and it derives its power from that narrative.
If there had been no oppression and no redemption, then there would be no Passover Halacha, no matzo, no bitter herbs, no cups of wine, no Haggada, no seder.
www.jewishaz.com /jewishnews/030110/torah.shtml   (505 words)

 KBY.org: Torat Yavneh
Moshe said to Hashem, "Master of the world, I will write it down for them." Hashem responded, "I do not want to give it to them in writing, because it is revealed to me that idol worshippers will rule over them and take it from them, and they will be disgraced by the idolators.
The Mishna, Talmud, and Aggada were all written in it.
In the first set of Luchot, the entire Torah, Mishna, Talmud, and Aggada was contained on the Luchot.
www.kby.org /torah/article.cfm?articleid=1268   (2779 words)

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