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RE-EXAMINING PROGRESSIVE HALAKHAH

2002 - ISBN 1-57181-404-3

Contents

Taking Precedent Seriously: on Halakhah as a Rhetorical Practice -  Mark Washofsky.....................................1

The Law of the Land Is the Law: Opposition or Concurrence - Walter Jacob...................................................71

Asu Seyag Latorah: Make a Fence to Protect the Torah - Rick Rheins............................................................91

A Critique of Solomon B. Freehof= s Concept of Minhag and Reform Jewish Practice - Joan Friedman...........111

Jewish Law Responds to American Law - Allen Sokobin................................................................................134

Contributors

Joan Friedman served as Jewish chaplain and instructor in religiona at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She has served on the Responsa Committee of the Cenbtral Conference of American Rabbis since 1994. She is currently preparing a doctoral dissertation on Solomon B. Freehof.

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.

Richard Rheins is rabbi of Temple David in Monroeville, Pensylvania, a member of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He has written in the field of halakhah.

Allen Sokobin is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel in Toledo, Ohio and professor at the University of Toledo School of Law. He has written extensively in both Jewish and general law, most recently A Child Abuse: a Study in Comparative American and Jewish Law@ in The University of Toledo Law Review.

Mark Washofsky is Professor of Rabbinics, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He has published a number of studies in the field of Jewish law and legal theory. His books include Teshuvot for the Nineties (1997) and Jewish Living, A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice (2000).

 

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