About This Text
Author: Shimon Gershon Rosenberg
Composed: 2003 CE
Ahevukha Ad Mavet is a work analyzing the discussions of martyrdom (“kiddush Hashem”) in tractate Sanhedrin and in Maimonides’ Sefer HaMitzvot. Authored by the religious postmodern Israeli thinker Rav Shimon Gershon Rosenberg, known as Rav Shagar for his acronym, the work combines traditional methods of talmudic interpretation and academic insights in order to address the fundamental issues with which the talmudic text grapples, like the value of human life and its conflict with the concept of loving God until death.