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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, […]

Oqimta: Studies in Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature

The inaugural issue of Oqimta is now available online. Oqimta is a digitized research journal devoted to all spheres and types of talmudic and rabbinical literature – in Jewish law and exegesis.

Book Review: The Birth of Conservative Judaism

From a review at H-Judaic of Michael Cohen’s The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement. Cohen’s initial task is to overturn several persistent theories regarding Conservative Judaism’s origins. Most accounts of the movement locate its beginnings in the nineteenth century, either with Zecharias Frankel’s “positive-historical school” […]

New Articles: Hair Covering for Single Women and the Female Body

In addition to the article by Gail Labovitz that I posted about here, the new issue of Nashim has two other interesting articles. (hat tip) Ilan Fuchs, Hair Covering for Single Women: A New Reading of Mizraḥi Halakhic Rulings (here) A central feature in the lives of observant Jewish women is hair covering. Head covering […]

Journal from Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboah-2

Yeshivat Maale Gilboa has published a new volume of their journal VeZot LeYehuda. This issue addresses the status of women in Jewish law and the controversy around the marginalization of women (hadarat nashim) emerging from Israeli religious circles. The English edition can be found here and the Hebrew here. These are the articles included in […]

New Article: Extraordinary Sources of Jewish Law

Steven H. Resnicoff has posted at SSRN a chapter from his book, Understanding Jewish Law. The chapter is titled “Extraordinary Sources of Jewish Law: the Example of Capital Punishment.” (here) Most Jewish law scholarship, especially that which is published in English, focuses on only one of Jewish law’s criminal law enforcement systems, namely, the operation […]

New Article: Women and Synagogue Ritual as a Case Study

Forthcoming in the Cardozo Law Review: (hat tip) Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, “The Cultural Analysis Paradigm: Women and Synagogue Ritual as a Case Study.” (here) Abstract: This Article develops an original cultural analysis paradigm with significant implications for understanding the relationship between law and culture. It also illustrates how this relationship should inform the normative application […]

New Article-Violating Divine Law: Emergency Measures in Jewish Law

Posted at SSRN: Oren Gross, Violating Divine Law: Emergency Measures in Jewish Law Abstract: Judaism is a thoroughly legal culture. Structured around the concept of mitzvot (commandments), Jewish law regulates both the public sphere of social and political interactions and the private sphere of human conduct. Jewish law is founded on a single source of […]

Theory and Method in Legal History and Kabbalists

The Legal History Blog links to the articles from UC Irvine Law Review’s symposium on Theory and Method in Legal History. All of the articles can be found here. The following may be of special interest to readers of this blog: Shai J. Lavi, Enchanting a Disenchanted Law: On Jewish Ritual and Secular History in […]

G’vanim vol. 7:1

The Academy for Jewish Religion, where I am on staff, publishes a journal G’vanim that includes a wide variety of articles on Jewish Studies. I have an article on the responsa of Rabbi Yehudah Leib Zirelson. All of the articles can be found here in PDF format. Is the Entire Kotel Plaza Really a Synagogue? […]

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