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She Needed Her Husband’s Signature

Dr. Tova Ganzel is Director of the Midrasha Institute for Advanced Torah Studies at Bar-Ilan University. The Midrasha is one of the premier institutions in Israel that offer women the opportunity to study Torah at an advanced level. Dr. Ganzel is an accomplished scholar who is both a yoetzet halakhah and a recipient of a […]

Are You a Mishnah Berurah or Arukh Hashulhan Person

One of my favorite footnotes in Haym Soloveitchik’s seminal article Rupture and Reconstruction is n. 6. First, the text on which the footnote is commenting: This dual tradition of the intellectual and the mimetic, law as taught and law as practiced, which stretched back for centuries, begins to break down in the twilight years of […]

New Book-In God’s Image

Yair Lorberbaum’s important work on the role of the concept of Tzelem Elohim, image of God or Imago Dei, in Jewish law and rabbinic theology has now been translated into English and will soon be published. I have not seen the English version, In God’s Image: Myth, Theology, and Law in Classical Judaism, but the […]

Passing of Rabbi David Feldman

Rabbi David Feldman z”l, who was the rabbi of the Teaneck Jewish Center for many years has passed away. Rabbi Feldman was an authority on medical ethics and Jewish law, and was the author of the influential book Birth Control in Jewish Law: Marital Relations, Contraception, and Abortion As Set Forth in the Classic Texts […]

Prophetic Justice and Using a Stolen Lulav

Jonatan Ben-Dov addresses the interplay between prophetic justice, Talmudic law, and traditions from Babylonian versus those of the Land of Israel in The Moral Quandary of Lulav Ha-Gazul The Torah and Bavli vs. the Prophets and Yerushalmi. If a religious act is made possible through deceit, is it nevertheless valid? Or does a moral blemish […]

Malka Puterkovsky in Her Own Words

There is an interview (Hebrew) with Malka Puterkovsky, the author of the recently published book on halakhah, in Israel Hayom. The interviewer, Emily Amrusi, asked Puterkovsky many questions and these are some of her comments and answers. “I am not beholden to any institution, program or training. I went the entire way with excellent teachers, […]

Not in Our Store

Bli Neder, I will have my own copy of Malka Puterkovsky’s new book (see here) on halakhah in a few weeks, but in the meantime one chain of Judaica stores associated with the national-religious community in Israel has found a non-creative way of addressing the issues that the book raises, not selling it. The chain […]

Is She an Eishet Halakhah

In a few weeks, the small number of halakhic works that have been written by women will be increased by one when a new book on halakhah by Malka Puterkovsky will be published. During the past few weeks an interesting discussion has been going on about what title should be used for Puterkovsky. Is she […]

Responsa Radio from Mechon Hadar

From Mechon Hadar: Responsa Radio Episode 1 Night Owls, De Tocqueville, Dishes from Sears, and Theater! Mechon Hadar is happy to introduce this new joint project with Open Quorum and the Center for Jewish Law and Values: Responsa Radio. Ever wanted to know the answer to some deep and challenging questions in halakhah (Jewish law)? […]

Alyssa M. Gray on Jewish Law as Great Literature

Below is a video of Alyssa M. Gray’s Eli Talk on “Jewish Law as Great Literature.”

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