The Wit and Sarcasm of the Talmudic Sage Ulla

14 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2017

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Date Written: June 21, 2017

Abstract

Talmudic stories are a method used by the ancient sages to teach us about ethics and morality. It has been observed that several of the sages used insults, rebukes and even curses when arguing Jewish law. This paper examines stories about Ulla, a sage who lived approximately 1,700 years ago and frequently traveled between the academies in Israel and Babylon. Ulla was a great sage but appears to have been quite sarcastic as well as witty.

Keywords: Talmud, Talmudic Stories, Ulla, Sarcasm

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., The Wit and Sarcasm of the Talmudic Sage Ulla (June 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2990809

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York ( email )

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