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Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism$
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Kattan Gribetz Sarit

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691192857

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691192857.001.0001

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Temporal Legacies: What Difference Does Time Make?

Temporal Legacies: What Difference Does Time Make?

(p.228) Conclusion Temporal Legacies: What Difference Does Time Make?
Time and Difference in Rabbinic Judaism

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter outlines how select groups of later Jews adopted and adapted the rabbinic concerns about time to their present circumstances, and the lasting legacy of these time frames and the differences they constructed on the history of Judaism and Jewish life. Among the legacies of rabbinic texts are the rhythms of time they dictated, which persisted (and persist): the annual calendar and its festivals, the week and its Sabbath, the day and its ritual schedule, the hour and its symbolism. Another legacy of rabbinic texts are the various configurations of difference — ethnic, communal, gendered, and theological — that their laws, rituals, and narratives constructed and cultivated. The central claim of this book has been that conceptions of time and practices of time-keeping can (and often do) function as mechanisms for constructing as well as challenging difference, even as, with the passage of time, such constructions of time and difference are reimagined. The examples and analyses presented in the previous chapters sought to demonstrate the various ways in which specific rabbinic times and differences were intertwined and mutually constitutive as well as to highlight the complexity of multiple times and the consequences of conflicting modes of time-keeping.

Keywords:   Jews, rabbinic times, Judaism, Jewish life, rabbinic texts, difference, time-keeping, Sabbath, ritual schedule, Jewish calendar

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