Bitha Har-Shefi

Bitha Har-Shefi teaches Talmud at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. She obtained her doctorate in Talmud at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Professor Israel Tau-Shma.

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Observance of Mitzvot: Custom and Halakhah

Numerous accounts scattered throughout early halakhic literature indicate that women had many traditions and customs of their own. Their religious life was characterized by a degree of independence and was not exclusively dependent on external halakhic norms. The manner in which women observed mitzvot was extremely influential in the formative stage of halakhah, before it was crystallized, recorded and sealed in the Shulhan Arukh.

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