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.