Pilpul


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Pil´pul


n.1.Among the Jews, penetrating investigation, disputation, and drawing of conclusions, esp. in Talmudic study.
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In Jewish culture, the subject of happiness surfaces in biblical psalms, rabbinic commentary, Talmudic pilpul and the musings of the Mussar and Hasidic movements, to name a few.
It was like the Legend of King Arthur presented as Talmudic pilpul.
Leo Rosten defines pilpul with uncanny pertinence: "An inflated form of analysis and debate used in Talmudic study: i.
With some pilpul one can find a sentence here and there in the great sea of the Talmud, which can be interpreted as supporting democratic ideas (e.