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Kahal as Spontaneous Order


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  • Joseph Isaac Lifshitz

    (Rabbi Yitzhak Yechiel Yeshiva, Shalem Center)

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    One description of the people of Israel is Kahal, a category that the Talmud is also concerned with. This category was further employed later in the middle ages, and was given to the Jewish community, although some times with a little twist, the Kehila. This paper will focus mainly on the question of the formation of the Kahal as a large political body in the Bible and in the Talmud, and explore the political implications that can be derived from it. The Kahal as a spontaneously-defined, non-organized political body must be clarified. To this end, I will borrow theoretical frameworks of Friedrich Hayek and Michael Polanyi.

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    Paper provided by Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies (JIMS) in its series Working Papers with number 7.

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    Length: 21 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:jms:wpaper:7

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    Keywords: Kahal; Jewish Thought; Spontaneous Order; Hayek;

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