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ISRAEL AND THE DIASPORA IN JEWISH LAW

Essays and Reponsa

1997 - ISBN 0-929699-09-2

Contents

Israel and the Diaspora: Sacred and Profane - Leonard Kravitz ....................................................................1

The Land, the Law and the Liberal Conscience - John D. Rayner ................................................................19

They Shall Not Mount the Wall from Exile - Aviezer Ravitzky ....................................................................47

Aliyah and Yeridah in Rabbinic Sources - Judith Hauptman ........................................................................93

Aliyah, Conflict and Ambivalence - Moshe Zemer .......................................................................................111

The Primacy of the Diaspora - Walter Jacob ...............................................................................................145

Selected Reform Responsa

Israeli Flag on a Synagogue Pulpit .................................................................................................................161

Disposal of Israeli Flags ...............................................................................................................................165

Questions From Israel on Proselytism ..........................................................................................................167

Hebrew or English at an Israeli Service ........................................................................................................175

Jerusalem Soil Into the Grave ......................................................................................................................177

Popular Israeli Song in the Synagogue......................................................................................................... 179

Visiting Israel .............................................................................................................................................181

Contributors

Judith Hauptman is E. B. Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York; she has written numerous articles and essays as well as The Development of the Talmudic Sugya (1987), Rereading the Mishnah (2005).

Walter Jacob is President of the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin/Potsdam; Senior Scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; President of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah and the Associated American Jewish Museums. Author, editor, or translator of thirty-six books including Christianity through Jewish Eyes (1974), American Reform Responsa (1983), The Pittsburgh Platform in Retrospect (1985), Liberal Judaism and Halakhah (1988), The Second Book of the Bible: Exodus Interpreted by Benno Jacob (1992), Die Exegese hat das erste Wort (2002), Pursuing Peace Across the Alleghenies (2005), Hesed and Tzedakah - From the Bible to Modernity (2006); Napoleonís Influence on Jewish Law (2007), and more than twelve hundred published essays and sermons.

Leonard Kravitz is professor of Midrash and Homiletics at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He has served on the Medical Ethics Committee of the New York Federation of Philanthropies. Author of The Esoteric Meaning of Maimonides= Guide for the Perplexed (1988), Commentary on the Ethics of the Fathers (1992) with K. Olitzky

Aviezer Ravitzky is recipient of the Israel Prize, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel; visiting professor Harvard and Baylor Universities. He is the author of numerous books, including The Shemitah Year (1972), The Roots of Kahanism: Consciousness and Political Reality (1986), Messianism, Zionism and Jewish Religious Radicalism (1996), History and Faith Studies: Jewish Philosophy (1997)

John Rayner was the Distinguished Lecturer in Liturgy and Codes at the Leo Baeck College, London, and rabbi emeritus of the Liberal Synagogue in London. He is the author of Understanding Judaism (1996), A Jewish Understanding of the World (1997), Jewish Religious Law: A Progressive Perspective (1999), and many essays. He has been a major contributor to the creation of British and American liturgies.

Moshe Zemer is Director of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah. He is a founder of the Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel and founding rabbi of the Kedem Synagogue-Bet Daniel, Tel Aviv. He is Av Bet Din of the Israel Council of Progressive Rabbis and Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic at Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem. He has also contributed numerous articles on halakhah in the Israeli press and scientific journals. He is author of The Sane Halakhah (1993).

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