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  Halakha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Its laws, guidelines, and opinions cover a vast range of situations and principles, in the attempt to comprehend what is implied by the repeated commandment to "be holy as I your God am holy" of the Torah.
Although not mentioning the Noahide Laws directly by name, the Christian convention of Apostles and elders in Jerusalem mentioned in Acts 15 appears to validate the idea that all gentiles follow the constraints established by the covenant of Noah.
If the laws in Jewish law codes are not the word of God per se, they are nonetheless derived from the literal word of God in the Torah, using a set of rules also revealed by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, and have been derived with the utmost accuracy and care.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Halakha   (4538 words)

 Encyclopedia: Jewish law
To the Orthodox Jew, Halkhah is a guide, Gods Law, governing the structure of daily life from the moment he or she wakes up to the moment they go to sleep.
When a Posek proposes a new interpretation of a law, that interpretation is not normative for the Jewish community until it becomes accepted by other committed and observant members in the community.
However, within certain Jewish communities formal organized bodies exist: Each sect of Orthodox Hasidic Judaism has their own rebbe, who is their ultimate decisor of Jewish law.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Jewish-law   (3575 words)

 Gene C. Colman - Family Law Centre - Jewish Marriage & Ontario Law
Jewish legal) requirements for contracting a valid marriage, the couple are certainly legally married within Jewish law.
A key part of the Jewish marriage ceremony is the implementation, in the presence of witnesses, of the unilateral marriage document known as the ketubbah.
In this case the groom had told his bride: "We are older people and local government recognizes a solely Jewish marriage." The bride relied on this innocent mistaken belief and the court was careful not to penalize her in these circumstances by declaring the marriage void.
www.4famlaw.com /Jew_marr.htm   (3402 words)

 Judaism 101: Halakhah: Jewish Law
The word "halakhah" is usually translated as "Jewish Law," although a more literal translation might be "the path that one walks." The word is derived from the Hebrew root Heh-Lamed-Kaf, meaning to go, to walk or to travel.
Some of the laws relate to the theocratic state of Israel, its king, its supreme court, and its system of justice, and cannot be observed because the theocratic state of Israel does not exist today.
A takkanah is a law that was instituted by the rabbis.
www.jewfaq.org /halakhah.htm   (1039 words)

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The contraction of the realm of halacha to an increasingly narrow sphere is almost exclusively attributed to the post-Enlightenment Jewish emancipation [16] and the consequent release of Jews into a culture dominated by secularism and in possession of a modern historical sense.
Yet, several scholars of Jewish law and literature also contend that postmodernist ways of thinking about truth, language, law, and legal interpretation, far from posing profound challenges to Jewish religious normativity, in fact were anticipated by the rabbinic tradition.
One of the few postmodernist Jewish thinkers to deal forthrightly with this issue, Jose Faur, asserts that not only is the theory of rabbinic legal exegesis, as practiced by the early midrashic rabbis, compatible with the postmodern death of the divine autho r, but that the entire Maimonidean system of jurisprudence embodies this perspective.
www.law.harvard.edu /programs/Gruss/stone.html   (7059 words)

 The Jewish Law Publication Fund
The Jewish Law Publication Fund was established, and granted charitable status, in 1982, its objects being "to advance public education in and research into Jewish Law and the dissemination of the useful results of such research".
Jewish law is now being taught in a number of US and UK law schools, but the number would increase considerably with the availability of suitable teaching materials written in English.
The Fund has supported the Jewish Law Association's project for an introductory textbook on the sources of Jewish law, explaining and exemplifying the sources of each period in the context of the juridical status of the Jewish communities concerned.
www.legaltheory.demon.co.uk /jlpf.html   (687 words)

 Georgetown University - Jewish Grad/Law/Med Students   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Jewish graduate and professional students on the Main Campus are encouraged to contact Julie Fishman or Rabbi Harold White regarding upcoming events and services.
Jewish graduate and professional students on the Law Center Campus are encouraged to contact Michael Goldman regarding upcoming events and services.
Jewish medical and graduate students at the Medical School are encouraged to contact Michael Goldman or Rabbi Harold White regarding upcoming events and services.
www.georgetown.edu /spirit/campmin/jewish/grad.html   (176 words)

 GoVeg.com // Agriprocessors // What the Experts Say // Answering to a Higher Authority
Jewish law (halacha) for kosher slaughter (shechitah) is quite strict and the process is supposed to be less traumatic for animals than mass production methods used in ordinary slaughterhouses, where high-speed slaughter lines often leave conscious animals dangling in the air—their full bodyweight pulling their hip joints out of their sockets.
The slaughter of animals certified as kosher is prescribed by Jewish law.
The knife used to cut the neck of an animal must be completely free of nicks or imperfections, and it must be razor sharp so that the animal is almost unaware that it has passed through his or her throat.
www.goveg.com /feat/agriprocessors/law.asp   (698 words)

 THE LIBRARY OF JEWISH LAW   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Law was the medium by which the tribes of Israel took their first faltering steps towards nationhood.
The principles of bailment in Jewish law are found in the Bible, elucidated in the Talmud, and presented systematically in the codes.
Nahum Rakover, is a systematic and up-to-date presentation of Jewish law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions.
www.mishpativri.org.il /english/library.htm   (3732 words)

 Why Jewish Medical Ethics
The Jewish approach to any ethical question relies on two important concepts: that good ethics start with good facts and that in Judaism, there is no distinction between Jewish law and ethics.
He then surveys Jewish legal sources from the Bible to the 20th century, identifying precedents from previous cases that might be applicable to the current case.
The Oral Law is the corpus of Jewish law that traces back to the revelation at Mount Sinai and which includes later rabbinical legal decisions, which flesh out and explain the Torah.
www.aish.com /societyWork/sciencenature/Why_Jewish_Medical_Ethics.asp   (2348 words)

 Becoming Jewish: Converting according to Jewish Law
Becoming Jewish means that most of what you were taught about spirituality until now will be irrelevant, and in many cases wrong.
According to Jewish Law, there are certain legal criteria for conversion, and there are numerous legal criteria stating who is permitted to convert and who is not.
If someone converts outside of the Torah's Laws, he is a convert outside of the Torah's Laws, but the Torah Law itself will not consider him or her a convert to Judaism.
www.beingjewish.com /conversion/becomingjewish.html   (4149 words)

 Kashrut.Org :: Jewish Law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The laws of Judaism are relatively simple and straightforward, although at times they may seem more complicated.
The purpose of the laws presented here, are to list and clarify the most common laws relevant to our everyday lives, in the most simplistic format.
The laws are written based on actual rules; permitted where permitted and prohibited where not permitted; exactly how our Torah and our Rabbis have conveyed them.
www.kashrut.org /halacha   (82 words)

 jewishattorneys.citypros.info - Jewish Attorney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Jewish Law presents a wealth of information on Halacha Jewish issues and...
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is an association aiming for th...
Jewish Law is a firm that deals with certain legal concepts such as the...
jewishattorneys.citypros.info   (481 words)

 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
The organization bemoans the fact that the British Mandatory laws became the "default" laws of the State upon its establishment, instead of Jewish Law.
There was a consensus among the speakers that according to both modern Israeli law and Jewish law, a law that contradicts Jewish law need not be adhered to, as freedom of religion is guaranteed in both the Declaration of Independence and the Basic Laws.
INN.com correspondent Ruti Avraham reports that it was noted that though a soldier must fulfill orders, he will not be punished for not doing so if their illegality is "perfectly clear to him." On the other hand, if the order is "blatantly illegal," he is forbidden to carry it out.
www.israelnationalnews.com /news.php3?id=73869   (609 words)

 Legal Issues On Child Abuse and Halacha (Jewish Law)
"The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) was certainly comfortable to the notion that clergy be held to the same standards as everyone else," expressed Sheila Decter, executive director of JALSA and participant in the drafting of the amendment.
In addition to the halachic requirements of pikuach nefesh and stopping a rodef, dina de-malkhuta dina (the law of the land is the law, as long as it does not transgress Jewish law) also applies, as many jurisdictions require anyone who works with children to report suspicions of abuse.
Jewish law limits the force used demanding that it not be administered in a cruel manner or motivated by anger animosity (Rambam, Hil.
www.theawarenesscenter.org /legal.html   (11839 words)

 JLSA - Home
The Harvard Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of Harvard Law School.
The organization consists of more than 300 HLS students, Boston-area graduate school students, and others who are interested in Jewish legal affairs or the affairs of the Jewish community at Harvard Law School.
Hillel serves as the center of Harvard’s Jewish community, with three rabbis in residence and five active service congregations: the Orthodox Minyan, the Reform Minyan, the Student Conservative Minyan, the Worship and Study Minyan, and the Havurah.
www.law.harvard.edu /students/orgs/jlsa   (362 words)

The thesis of this book is that the agunah problem in contemporary America is part of a more general dispute in classical Jewish law as to when marriage should end.
Thus, this book surveys how Jewish law seeks to respond to the consent of the other party or without a finding of fault.
www.ktav.com /product_info.php?products_id=1810   (337 words)

 ei: If it's against Jewish law, then why is Israel doing it?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Jewish National Fund for Israel is a quasi-official Israeli state organization, founded in the early twentieth century to acquire land in Palestine for the Zionist movement.
Please note that it is against Jewish halachic law to uproot fruit bearing trees.
The Jewish National Fund has played an essential role, first in acquiring already inhabited land from its Palestinian owners, and afterwards in attempting to conceal the disappearance of this human community by creating "parks" on the ruins of ethnically-cleansed villages.
electronicintifada.net /v2/article2378.shtml   (1000 words)

 The Secular Web - infidels.org
Prominent is a law passed by Augustus Caesar, stating that "the Jews are to follow their own customs in accordance with their ancestral law, just as they did in the time of Hyrcanus, High Priest of the God Most High."[9] Thus, Jewish law was certainly active and applicable in the time of Jesus.
This law is confirmed and elaborated in the Mishnah tractate Sanhedrin: people could be executed either by stoning, burning, decapitation, or strangulation (7.1a-c), but whichever it was, when the crime was blasphemy (6.4h-i) the corpse was then hung on a pole for display, apparently like a slab of meat, which resembled a crucifixion (6.4n-p).
And in accord with the Torah law condemning blasphemers to death (Leviticus 24:16), three of the four Evangelists state unequivocally that Jesus was condemned to death for blasphemy by the Jewish high council (Mark 14:64, Matthew 26:65-66, John 19:7).
www.secweb.org /asset.asp?AssetID=125   (5395 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Texts: Bibliography: Texts
Horeb: A Philosophy of Jewish Laws and Observances, by Samson Raphael Hirch (translated by I. Grunfeld), (Soncino, 1997).
Jewish Law: History, Sources, Principles, by Menachem Elon (Jewish Publication Society, 1997).
An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law, by N.S. Hecht, et.al (Oxford, 1999).
www.myjewishlearning.com /texts/Texts_Bibliography.htm   (1026 words)

 NYU School of Law - Student Organizations, Jewish Law Students Association
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is designed to meet the needs of the Jewish student body within the NYU School of Law.
Our organization includes secular as well as observant students, and all of our events are open to the entire law school community.
We are also affiliated with the University's Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and the Jewish Graduate Students Association.
www.law.nyu.edu /studentorgs/jlsa   (162 words)

 Jewish Law Student Association - Valpo Law
The Jewish Law Student Association ("JLSA") is a student organization affiliated with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish campus life.
The JLSA's mission is to foster a Jewish identity in legal professionals and students and to promote their active involvement in the Valparaiso and national Jewish communities.
All Valparaiso University School of Law students are welcome to be members of the JLSA.
www.valpo.edu /law/studentlife/studentorganizations/jlsa   (141 words)

 SSRN-Suburban Sprawl, Jewish Law, and Jewish Values by Michael Lewyn
In the second half of the twentieth century, America's cities and suburbs were engulfed by suburban sprawl - the movement of people (especially middle-class families) and jobs from older urban cores to newer, less densely populated, more automobile-dependent communities generally referred to as suburbs.
Specifically, the article argues that the automobile dependency and class division exacerbated by sprawl conflict with Jewish ethical and environmental values and impede observance of Jewish law.
In addition, the article rebuts libertarian objections to anti-sprawl policies by pointing out that Jewish law encourages public regulation of land use, and that in any event, anti-sprawl policies need not conflict with libertarian norms.
papers.ssrn.com /sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=814665   (376 words)

 Jewish Law Index Page - Torah.org
Ethics of Speech: Examines the laws and ethics of speech.
Jewish Law Overview: Based on the comprehensive code of Maimonides.
Jlaw.com: Examining Halacha, Jewish law, and secular law.
www.torah.org /learning/jewishlaw.php3   (125 words)

 Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) : Student Organizations : Vanderbilt University Law School   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The purpose of the JLSA is for students to have fun while learning about Jewish traditions and modern day concerns.
Activities such as lox and bagel socials, discussions about current issues, and mixers with other organizations provide an excellent opportunity for students to meet and become an active part of the law school community.
Other activities include the celebration of Holy Days (for students unable to go home) and hosting speakers on topics such as the relevance of Talmudic Law to modern law and practice, international law and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the role of traditional Jewish values in modern law.
law.vanderbilt.edu /stuorgs/jlsa.html   (148 words)

 Inside Higher Ed :: Hate Group Casts a Wider Net   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The professor was Jewish, and the Web site responded by placing photographs of and biographic material about UCLA professors and anti-Semitic diatribes online.
Most of the comments attack Jewish faculty members at law schools, with a theme being that they make up a larger share of law school faculties than do Jews in the U.S. population, and that this over-representation signifies Jewish control of American society.
John C. Jeffries Jr., dean of the law school at Virginia, which had a number of professors named, said in a statement: “Despicable hate-mongering is facilitated by the Internet.
www.insidehighered.com /news/2005/03/22/hate   (817 words)

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