A term that doesn’t seem to have any obvious connection with drinking חבורה (havurah) – yet, it comes up not infrequently within a drinking context in early rabbinic (tannaitic) literature. As such, the 112th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show is dedicated to exploring this connection featuring Dr. Orit Malka.
Dr. Malka is a researcher of Talmud and early Jewish law. Her research focuses on the political aspects of Talmudic Halacha in its historical context, and the study of early Jewish law as a key to understanding important legal-political trends of antiquity. Orit earned her PhD from Tel Aviv University, where she wrote her dissertation, “A Set of Witnesses: Testimony and Political Thought in Tannaitic Halakhah”. In 2021-2022, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University; this year, she has joined the faculty of the law school and the Talmud department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In addition to being available in video format below, the episode is also available on podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you prefer listening to podcasts: