Halakhah, Religion, and the State

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Date(s) - 06/14/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The relationship between religion and state has come under renewed scrutiny in contemporary American political conversation.  In Israel too this issue continues to be hotly debated, touching as it does on fundamental questions as to the nature of halakhah, Judaism, and the Jewish State.

  • How does the rise of the modern state affect how we understand the nature of Jewish law?
  • How does halakhah evaluate the normative and political status of the modern state?
  • How can Jewish and Muslim views of the relationship between religion and state help us frame American debates regarding the separation of church and state?

Please join us as we explore these and other questions on three Wednesday evenings (June 7, 14, and 21), from 7:30 to 9pm. The lectures will be followed by Maariv.

June 7Halakhah in the Shadow of the Modern State – Yonatan Brafman

June 14 Separation of Church and State in the Jewish, Islamic, and American Traditions – Shlomo Pill

June 21 – The Modern State in the Eyes of Halakhah – Adina Levine

Go to www.drisha.org/halakhahstate for more information and to register.