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September 30, 2007


Steg (dos iz nit der šteg)

thanks for these examples. i was always a big pashtan who didn't care for midrash, until i had to prepare to teach a day school midrash class. the rhetorical flow between quotes and ideas in the homiletical midrashim are amazing.


Why do we jump to the assumption that the style is meant for public speech rather than for mnemonic memory, seeing as how midrash was still Torah she'b'al peh for many generations?

of course all Torah was in a certain sense for public speech, as far as I know that was how they learned since it wasn't from written texts.

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