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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 […]

Conference on Finance in Religious Law

Finance in Religious Law: A Comparative Conference Judaism, Christianity, Islam Tuesday, December 10th 1pm – 5pm Wednesday, December 11th 9am – 5pm Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center and Clinical Wing (WCC Building) Milstein West, Room 2019 1585 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 Co-sponsored by: The Gruss Chair of Talmudic Civil Law, The […]

Halichot Olam-Introduction

As a way of memorializing Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l and his teachings, לעילוי נשמת מרן הרב הגאון עובדיה יוסף זצ”ל, during the coming year I will try to write a post every week bringing a teaching from his book Halichot Olam. This book, whose origins go back to when Rav Ovadiah was a young man, […]

A Halakhic Tribute to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef

Ethan Tucker has written a thoughtful tribute to Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef zt”l. R. Ovadiah–A Halakhic Tribute by Ethan Tucker

Carol Gilligan and Jewish Law

Carol Gilligan’s book In a Different Voice had a tremendous influence on our understanding of gender and morality, even as some disagree with her theories. This is how one website summarized her findings: In the book, Gilligan outlined her findings on female moral development and decision-making, drawing on studies with children and university students. In […]

Original Meaning of the Law

Jack Balkin has posted a new article at SSRN that discusses Jewish law, Must We Be Faithful to Original Meaning? This essay responds to essays written for a symposium on Living Originalism that will appear in the Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies. It expands and develops the book’s argument for fidelity to original meaning. First, […]

Menachem Elon and Mishpat Ivri

Prof. Menachem Elon z”l was one of the scholars most responsible for promoting the school of Mishpat Ivri, or “Hebrew Law.” Prof. Elon defined Mishpat Ivri in the following manner: The term mishpat Ivri…is now generally accepted as embracing only those matters of the halakhah (Jewish law) whose equivalent is customarily dealt with in other […]

Lecture: Gezerat Ha-Katuv in the Thought of Maimonides

Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School is presenting the following lecture by Yair Lorberbaum: Annual Ivan Meyer Lecture in Jewish Law Wednesday, February 6, 6-8pm Jacob Burns Moot Court Room Cardozo Law School, 55 Fifth Avenue Yair Lorberbaum (Professor of Law, Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty), this year’s Ivan […]

Kaye, “The Legal Philosophies of Religious Zionism, 1937-1967″

(From THE BLOG OF THE CENTER FOR JEWISH LAW) Alexander Kaye, former CJL Graduate Fellow in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies and currently the Tikvah Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton, recently completed his PhD at Columbia’s history department. His dissertation, ‘The Legal Philosophies of Religious Zionism, 1937-1967,’ is an important contribution to scholarship […]

New Book: Halakhah be-Olam Hadash

In Makor Rishon’s Musaf Shabbat, Harel Gordin reviews (Hebrew) Ariel Pickar’s new book, Halakhah be-Olam Ḥadash (“Halakhah in a New World”).

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