Tikvah Fellow

Academic Year 2010-2011

Yair Lorberbaum

Yair Lorberbaum

Yair Lorberbaum was born in Israel, and received his doctorate in Jewish thought from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yair Lorbebraum is a professor at Bar-Ilan University’s Law School and he is a Senior Researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yair has served as a lecturer at Cardozo Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University, and Yale University. He published numerous articles and books on Jewish thought, Jewish Law and Political and Legal Theory. On his book: Image of God: Halakha and Aggadah [Hebrew] Schocken: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem 2004 Yair Lorberbaum won the prestigious Goldstein-Goren Book Award for 2007-2010; the award is bestowed once every three years to the author of the best recent book in the field of Jewish thought. He is the Co-author of:  The Jewish Political Thought, Vol. 1: Authority, Yale University Press, New Haven & London 2000. His recent book is:  Subordinated King, Kingship in Classical Judaism, Bar Ilan Press: Ramat Gan, 2008 (forthcoming in English: Continuum [2010]).


Two Concepts of gezerat ha-katuv (Decree of Scripture) -
A Chapter in Maimonides' Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy

This book focuses on Maimonides' conception of parable and on how he applied parables in his writings, both in his big Code and in The Guide of the Perplexed.

'Parable' is the salient concept in the Guide (and in many of Maimonides' other writings), serving as the main device for harmonizing the Jewish canons with Aristotelian philosophy. The book explores the different purposes of parables in Maimonides' writings: the didactic parable, the political parable and what I call: the philosophical-epistemological parable. One of the main topics of the book is the inquiry of the application of parables in the law.


jerusalem old city - Gary Hardman