Epidemie e vaccini nel diritto ebraico. Analisi di un episodio del romanzo Hiob di Joseph Roth

Mattia Di Taranto92-108

Abstract: Epidemics and Vaccines in Jewish Law. Analysis of a passage from Joseph Roth’s Hiob

Joseph Roth’s novel Hiob contains countless references to the cultural universe of Orthodox Judaism. Its protagonist, Mendel Singer, is explicitly described from the very beginning as a pious observant Jew, teacher of Holy Scriptures. Starting from these primary textual data, the present essay aims to analyze a central episode for the narrative-building process, namely the story of the smallpox epidemic, in light of the halakhic sources on the subject.