Rabbi Sokobin's Course Information
Text: Jewish Law [Mishpat Ivri] : Cases and Materials. Menachem Elon, Bernard Auerbach, Daniel D. Chazin, Melvin J. Sykes
Jewish law is a dynamic, vibrant legal system which includes many of the specialties of modern law. It tends toward the unconstrained in its legal processes. It developed through over three millennia from the days of the Hebrew Bible and has areas which are still operative. It passed through every historic era and matured in various jurisdictions. It has had a profound influence on European and Anglo-American legal systems. The course will focus on the political background and legal response in different historic periods, the character of the literary and legal sources and examples of characteristic features of the substantive law. There will be no final examination; a research paper is required.