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Ethical Literature (Sifrut musar)
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[German Version]

This term is used both by traditional Jewish genre designation and modern scholarship to describe the body of spiritual literature, usually intended for the wide public, which directs Jews in their daily lives. The emphasis, in most cases, is not on the purely practical aspect of ethical conduct (which is codified in the Halakhah), religious law, but in the spiritual and ideological foundations, relating mainly to one's attitude towards God, from which social conduct is derived. This genre includes several sub-genres, like ethical w…

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Dan, Joseph, “Ethical Literature (Sifrut musar)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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