Reconsidering the Mishnah's List of 39 Prohibited Sabbath Labors

Judith Hauptman

We will read the first two paragraphs of Chapter 7 of Mishnah Shabbat and try to figure our what the list of 39 avot melakhah, or primary labors, is coming to teach. Is it a recording of creative activities that should not take place on the Sabbath? Something more? Something less? Reading this list in the context of the chapter and the entire tractate, and with Talmudic commentary, will reveal is deeper religious messages. This class was given at the Global Day of Jewish Learning at Mechon Hadar in 2013.
Reconsidering the Mishnah's List of 39 Prohibited Sabbath Labors
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