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Halakhic Responses to Local Non-Jewish Realities: Government and Legal Institutions

Research into Jewish law often focuses on the halakhic system as a closed system, without giving sufficient attention to the impact of surrounding mores and culture...

The Jewish community in the Diaspora has been surrounded by non-Jewish government and legal institutions that have impacted Jewish life. These institutions, such as court systems and local and national government authorities, sought to regulate life in general, including Jewish life. They impacted Jewish life in a variety of arenas, such as marriage, migration, economics, employment, workers’ rights, internal governing structures, printing, and more.

Research into Jewish law often focuses on the halakhic system as a closed system, without giving sufficient attention to the impact of surrounding mores and culture. The goal of this research group is to explore the influence of non-Jewish legal and government institutions on Jewish law in the modern period, in a range of locations.

The research group will be comprised of scholars from different academic fields, whose research focuses on Jewish law in the modern period. The group will be headed by Professor Zvi Zohar, Professor Amihai Radzyner, and Dr Levi Cooper.

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Halakhic Responses to Local Non-Jewish Realities – Scientific Team The Assimilation of Tikkun Olam – Dr Levi Cooper