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Jewish Legal Theories: Writings on State, Religion, and Morality
edited by Leora Batnitzky and Yonatan Brafman
Brandeis University Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-1-58465-743-9 | eISBN: 978-1-5126-0135-0 | Paper: 978-1-58465-744-6
Library of Congress Classification BM520.2.J49 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 296.1801

Contemporary arguments about Jewish law uniquely reflect both the story of Jewish modernity and a crucial premise of modern conceptions of law generally: the claim of autonomy for the intellectual subject and practical sphere of the law. Jewish Legal Theories collects representative modern Jewish writings on law and provides short commentaries and annotations on these writings that situate them within Jewish thought and history, as well as within modern legal theory. The topics addressed by these documents include Jewish legal theory from the modern nation-state to its adumbration in the forms of Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism in the German-Jewish context; the development of Jewish legal philosophy in Eastern Europe beginning in the eighteenth century; Ultra-Orthodox views of Jewish law premised on the rejection of the modern nation-state; the role of Jewish law in Israel; and contemporary feminist legal theory.

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