But to emphasize aggadah
in preference to halakhah is, as Bruns has shown, to enforce an unnatural division:
The Good Samaritan is found in Luke 10:29-37, where in an aggadah
(story) Jesus is posed with the question "who is my neighbor?
The author devoted a lengthy essay to it, composed of ingredients borrowed, naturally, from the Talmud, the Midrash and the Aggadah
, from the many works of Jewish ethics (musar) known in his time, but still more plentifully from the Kabbalistic literature with which he is familiar and which he privileges.
55) Farther on (Pines, 20), Maimonides points out that this contradiction is characteristic of the literature of midrash and aggadah
, too (in which "there is to be found a great contradiction due to this cause").
There is an extraordinary collection organized by Bialik, the Hebrew national poet, in which he gathers together all the Aggadah
out of Talmud--the legends, stories, folktales, fairy tales, all the antic, lyrical, imaginative side of the commentaries--and deposits it in an enormous single volume.
Only roughly a third is devoted to rules of right living; the remainder comprises aggadah
, parables, homilies, biblical exegesis, theological speculation and stories the rabbis tell one another.
I have modified the translation of the subtitles, notably the film's translation of aggadah
2) They contain homilies and teachings and retell biblical stories, adding many details and apparently incorporating folktales and lore, often resembling Jewish Aggadah
In this week's Daf Yomi reading, Chapter 3 of Tractate Ta'anit, the Talmud turned from the laws of fasting to give us a feast of aggadah
With regard to the Talmud, Shmuel Ha'Nagid distinguishes between halakhah and aggadah
The worlds of Jewish law and legal argument and also narrative aggadah
are partnered by a rich social performance of Jewish ritual.
He introduces readers to the system of study of the Talmud in Judaism and the interaction of Halakhah (law) and Aggadah
(lore) in the Bavli, and the special problems inherent in translation.