Jewish Legal Theories

Writings on State, Religion and Morality

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Editors: Leora Batnitzky and Yonatan Brafman

Series: Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought

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 18th 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.

Subject: Law and Legal Studies

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