By Robert Chazan
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Org. Cambridge University Press and Association for Jewish Studies are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to AJS Review. org PHILOSOPHY,DOGMA,AND EXEGESIS IN MEDIEVALASHKENAZICJUDAISM: THE EVIDENCEOF SEFER HADRATQODESH by JOSEPHM. D. dissertation,"R. Yom Tov LipmanHeller,Josephb. Isaac ha-Levi,and Rationalismin AshkenazicJewishCulture, 1550-1650" (HarvardUniversity,1990). I mustthanktheMemorialFoundationforJewishCulture, whichgenerouslysupportedmy researchin 1987-1989.
38. ,p. 38a. Cf. p. 29b. 53. 39. , pp. 29b, 35b. Cf. pp. 33a, 39b. 40. ,pp. 31a, 31b, 35a, 40a. 41. , p. 53;p. 3;p. 29; p. 54. 42. HadratQodesh,pp. 29b, 30a, 30b. Cf. the parallelpassageon the seven gradationsfrom Muelhausenquotedin Kaufman,Muelhausen,p. 186. 43. See HadratQodesh,p. 29a (cf. 6); p. 28b (cf. 42). 206 JOSEPH M. )44But overall,the cosmologyof SeferHadrat Qodeshdrawsfromno sourcemorethanfrommedievalphilosophy. Theworld,Simeonb. 46Simeon b. Samuel knows also that "the astronomers have proven"thatthe sphereof the fixed starsrevolvesin a cycle of 36,000 years.
Jerusalem,1964), pp. 51-52, on Lev. " 208 JOSEPH M. The excrement is separatedfrom the body, the wine from the vineyard,the afterbirthfrom the child,andthe twinsfromeachother,butthereis a connectionof sensation that continuesto join them; so the humansoul, Simeon b. Samuelargues, remainsjoined to the body for some time afterdeathand may experience sensationandpain. " IV Let us returnto the generalquestionof Kupfer'sclaimsandthe character of late medievalAshkenazicculture. The questionof typicality is largelya questionof numbers,andlike Kupferandlike Yuval,I amnot in a positionto answerit.
AJS Review (The Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies), Vol 18, No. 2 1993 by Robert Chazan