Shlomo Guzmen-Carmeli- Research projects

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The Limits of Innovation: On Boundaries in the Haredi Yeshiva and Theorization in Cultural Anthropology

This project, based on a year-long field study in a Haredi yeshiva in Jerusalem, addresses the significance of the concept of hiddush (an original, innovative interpretation of a Torah text, pl. hiddushim) especially with regard to the study of the Babylonian Talmud. From my studies of hiddush in the yeshiva learning experience, I draw conclusions regarding study-processes in the broad sense, including the way sociological and anthropological theories are formulated.