When I asked a question recently about a drasha for a specific din, I had some trouble choosing the tag for "drasha." In the end, I chose , but then realized that the only other question with that tag was Baby Seal's Pardes question, which is more of a question about "drasha theory" then about specific drashos. A chat discussion with DoubleAA led me to use the tag.

But....I still don't think that this is the right tag, because a cursory look at the question that fall under that tag reveals that some are questions about specific drashos [system of exegesis] (1, 2, 3), while others are questions about the Midrash [books that explain Torah, such as Midrash Tanchuma, Toras Kohanim et al] (1, 2, 3).

Therefore, I think that the tag should be split in two: with questions about aggadta and the books Midrash staying with , and a new tag ("drashos"? "drashos-exegesis"?) for questions about specific, halachic, drashos.

The current tag description for the tag is "Exegetical interpretation, often of verses in Tanach. The term also refers to books based on these interpretations, e.g., Midrash Rabba, Midrash Tanchuma, et al." .....I think that we should leave the second half of the description ("books based on these interpretations, e.g., Midrash Rabba, Midrash Tanchuma, et al.") with the the tag, and the first half ("Exegetical interpretation, often of verses in Tanach.") with the new tag.

  • There is also agada-stories-legends
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 10, 2014 at 19:06
  • But that's more for stories, no? ....and a lot of them about recent stories too
    – MTL
    Jul 10, 2014 at 19:22
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    Note that d'rashos that affect halacha are instancs of what's called midrash halacha.
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 10, 2014 at 19:50
  • I don't think we should split it, as proposed here, into two tags, one for aggadic d'rashos and the midrash books and the other for halachic d'rashos. After all, why lump questions about the books (e.g. Toras Kohanim) in with questions about aggadic midrashim?
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 10, 2014 at 20:38
  • @msh210 About your first comment -- maybe "midrash" and "midrash-halacha"?
    – MTL
    Jul 10, 2014 at 21:54
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    @Shokhet In that case, maybe 'midrash-aggada' and 'midrash-halacha'?
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:47
  • @msh210 Maybe...but then where would questions about the books themselves go? ....didn't look, but questions about who wrote them and when etc are possible
    – MTL
    Jul 11, 2014 at 3:16
  • @Shokhet, why not 'midrash-aggada' or 'midrash-halacha', depending as which is being asked about?
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 13, 2014 at 4:25
  • @msh210 That makes sense....idk how Meta works; should I edit my question to reflect my change of mind?
    – MTL
    Jul 13, 2014 at 4:28
  • @Shokhet, the current votes on it reflect (well, the current vote on it reflects) how people agree or disagree with it. How about posting an answer with this new idea, and people can vote on that, too.
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 13, 2014 at 4:31
  • @msh210 Alrighty then.
    – MTL
    Jul 13, 2014 at 4:34

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msh210 came up with a better idea -- instead of leaving the tag as it is, and creating a new tag for midrashei halacha, two new tags should be created, deleting the tag:

  1. "Midrash-aggada," to deal with questions about the stories and the books containing the stories.
  2. "Midrash-halacha," to deal with questions about halachically significant derashos, and the books where they may be found.



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