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CONF: Jewish Law Association Regional Conference on Social Justice & Jewish Law at Yeshiva University on March 27th

The Jewish Law Association Regional Conference on Social Justice and Jewish Law

Hosted by Yeshiva University on March 27th, 2017.

Location: Furst Hall, room 535 (500 West 185th Street)

Breakfast/coffee 8:15-8:45 am

Welcome: Yedida Eisenstat, York University

Panel I – 8:45-10:15 am

Chair: Barry Eichler, Yeshiva University

Research Query: "Jewish Luck"

Can anyone point me to a source for the folk concept of "Jewish luck"? I feel sure that I have heard it used in Yiddish sayings meaning something like seemingly bad luck that turns out for the best, or the opposite, apparently good luck that ends up going wrong, but I have not been able to locate any examples. After skimming through a pile of collections of Yiddish sprikhverter, I am no closer. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. 

Re: Query: Rabbis taking individual circumstances into account

For the question of Perry Dane, regarding what he formulates as: the “lore of the shtetl is that rabbis would take individual circumstances, including economic circumstances into account in in reaching ostensibly technical halakhic decisions” –

Let me suggest several sources which are dealing with this question – unfortunately they are all in Hebrew – I hope it is okay:

1. Eliezer Berkovitz, HaHalakah, Kocha veTafkidah, Jerusalem 1981, pp. 216-223.

2. Adiel Shremer, Shikul Daat Hilkhati: Pelugat haReiah, Dini Israel 28, n. 166-167 and the entire discussion there.

CFA: Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism - July 2017 - Application Extension - European-based Scholars

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

in collaboration with the Berman Center, Lehigh University


Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism:

Modern Judaism, Technology, and Authority: Historical, Social Scientific and Theological Perspectives