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By Mark Kurlansky

ISBN-10: 0201608987

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In a selected Few, Mark Kurlansky explores the various the reason why Jews have lower back to Germany and Poland, and why Jews stay in Europe, how they've got controlled not just to proceed their lifestyle, yet to thrive and prosper. during the lives of people either usual and well-known, Kurlansky exhibits us the face of eu Jewry - a face which could put on the scars of persecution, yet seems towards a greater destiny with wish and boundless selection.

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Rather, they turn their backs on the individual non-rabbis who comprise society, generally relating to them either not at all or only in the most tightly controlled and formalized fashion. According to b. 33 Yehuda says, “There must be hunger in the world,” so he tells his attendant to remove one of his shoes, whereupon rain immediately falls. 34 He contributes to society, but only at a distant remove. According to b. Sanhedrin 99b, Rav Yosef defines an apikoros as one who says, “What good have the rabbis done for us?

One exception does not invalidate my thesis, but simply cautions us not to exaggerate the real dichotomy between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbis. It is significant, furthermore, that the story involves Rava. 15 It is uncertain whether later Babylonian attitudes and practices changed as the result of contact with Palestinian models, or whether later Babylonian storytellers dwelled more on the theme of rabbinic relationships with nonrabbis as a result of their contact with Palestinian models. Do the later Babylonian stories attest to a shift in Babylonian rabbinic behavior, or to a decrease in the tendency of Babylonian rabbinic storytellers to idealize reality by portraying Babylonian rabbis as more self-sufficient and aloof from nonrabbis than they really were?

81 Drought was a recurring problem in Palestine which the rabbis and miracle workers, with mixed results, addressed by praying to God, controlling nature, and exhorting a sinful community to change its ways. Some Palestinian rabbis disapprove of Elijah’s use of drought as a weapon against the Israelites and criticize his un-prophetic behavior in sources preserved in both Talmuds. Other Palestinian sources use Elijah as an example of how not to behave as a public leader confronted with a sinful people and an anxious populace depending on him to save them from catastrophe.

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