Levine, Halacha and Aggada
: Translating Robert Cover's Nomos and Narrative, 1998 Utah L.
Talmudic studies, investigation the sugya, variant readings and aggada
. New York and Jerusalem: The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Heschel's sense of Torah and Jewish doing is informed by rabbinic theology and aggada
, albeit innovative and not necessarily acceptable to guardians of Torah-true Judaism.
The true function of midrash aggada
is to use the biblical text as a means of delivering a message.
Fresh fruit and vintage wine; the ethics and wisdom of the Aggada
The Guide is to the Mishneh Torah as aggada
is to halacha.
No topic under the scrutiny of the rabbis is without this enigmatic dance of law and narrative, halakha and aggada
. Alongside the legal discussion about women's hair-covering is the aggadic and mystical imagery.
Furthermore there is a whole vocabulary relating to angels of which we can see the seeds in the biblical texts themselves, and which starts to develop in the Talmud, the Midrash and the Aggada
and expands amazingly in kabbalistic literature, the Zohar, the great classics of Jewish mysticism and the more specialized books of a science that borders, on the practical kabbala and magic.
A critique of Heschel's views of the relations of aggada
and halakha brings the issue into focus.
The Hebrew poet, Chaim Bialik, however, asserted that no such opposition between halakha and midrash is possible, and that they are, in fact, "really one." "He who says" Bialik writes, "'I honor nothing but Aggada
[midrash]; he is very much like the man who plucks the blossom, but is heedless of the fruit" (1923, 27).
Studies in the Spiritual World of Aggada
. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1981.
Limited to the latter six of the twelve minor prophets, the volume deals with the origin and development of TJ from the viewpoint of the historical allusions (chapter two), the Hebrew Vorlage (chapter three), the "additional targums" (chapter six), the aggada
(chapter seven), the relationship of TJ to the Peshitta (chapter eight), and the redaction (chapter ten).