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n.1.Among the Jews, penetrating investigation, disputation, and drawing of conclusions, esp. in Talmudic study.
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we boys studied Talmud, taught with variations of the traditional pilpulistic approach imported from pre-war Lithuanian yeshivas.
Halivni's discussion in The Book and the Sword may be helpful here: Perhaps an example, technical though it may be, may help to illustrate the differences between the three major approaches to the study of Talmud - the standard traditional method, the pilpulistic method, and the critical method - and will also clarify the significance of my own move to critical scholarship.
of Jewish, Talmudic, pilpulistic reasoning and wit?