Talmudic Ethics: Lessons from Rabbinic Stories About Elijah, the Prophet who Never Died

53 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2018

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: November 23, 2018

Abstract

The ancient sages of the Talmud used stories as a method to teach people how to behave ethically. Elijah stories remain extremely popular today and he becomes an important figure in Jewish folklore and Chassidic tales. Elijah is supposed to show up at every Jewish circumcision and at the Passover Seder. This paper will examine the Elijah stories that appear in rabbinic literature, principally the Talmud. The diverse roles he plays include: (a) miracle worker, rescuer, and healer; (b) discloser of heavenly secrets; (c) helper and comforter of the poor; (d) promoter of social justice; (e) teacher and scholar; and (f) punisher of the wicked.

Keywords: Talmudic stories, ethics, Elijah, Passover Seder, Circumcision

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Talmudic Ethics: Lessons from Rabbinic Stories About Elijah, the Prophet who Never Died (November 23, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3289401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3289401

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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