Does anyone know of any references to Shakespeare, translations of his works, or anything related to Shakespeare in classic Rabbinic sources?

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    The term 'classic Rabbinic sources' usually applies to Rishonim (at the latest), a period which predates shakespeare significantly. Apr 22, 2012 at 16:15

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I don't know if this qualifies as a truly "classic" source, but there is a classic essay by R' Zevin about "The Judgment of Shylock According to Halachah."

Update: It seems that Hebrewbooks has removed this sefer (לאור ההלכה) from their collection. I could not locate the article anywhere else online, except for a snippet view in Google Books here. Also of likely interest are two articles discussing that essay: 1, 2.

  • I wanted to read that essay, but the link is broken. I searched a little, but couldn't find a replacement. Could someone revise the URL please? Apr 21, 2012 at 8:54
  • @EllieK - see my update.
    – Dave
    Apr 22, 2012 at 15:39
  • Thank you much for your prompt and helpful response. The snippet was, well, like all Google snippets (makes one feel even more curious)! Item 1 was a good starting point, item 2 was amazing. It expanded upon related issues that happened to be on my mind, pertaining to the Merchant of Venice, and a recent matter, coincidentally. Thank you again! Apr 22, 2012 at 22:56
  • @EllieK - glad to help! :)
    – Dave
    Apr 23, 2012 at 2:34

See http://bdld.info/2010/09/14/the-baal-mussar-and-the-bard/ and http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/2010/11/first-hebrew-translation-of-hamlets-to.html for starters.

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