In India, a country tolerant of religious diversity and expression, the Bene Israel and Baghdadi Jews have hybridized into Indian society, absorbing into their personality certain Indian or domestic elements from neighboring faiths such as Hinduism, Islam, and Zoroastrianism while maintaining acceptable and normative Jewish standards and without violating halakha
I have seen that there is indeed an emerging generation of Reform rabbis and congregational Yidden who are not caught in the false choice between modern individualism and scientistic reductionism, on the one hand, versus ancient tradition with its patriarchal theology and law, on the other hand--but that can go forward to renew the meaning of communal halakha
and joyful ritual in a new key.
This philosophy of Halakha
begins with the legitimacy of Jewish practice rather than deducing it from a prior theory, whether this be a universal theory of the ta'amei ha-mitzvot, a la Maimonides, or the autonomous PoT view in Halakhic Man.
In deciding where one might find the necessary flexibility in halakha
, the criteria of Stone are not those of Lichtenstein.
What Heschel is aiming at, clearly, is not merely a mechanical balance, a quantifiable calculus, between halakha
and aggada, but instead a full-fledged dialectic between these two aspects or realms of religious experience.
Critique: Rabbi Pinchas Cohen is a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion, teaching Gemara and halakha
to overseas students.
While Freedman's work effectively explores the rightward push of the Reform movement by analyzing the movement's relationship to halakha
, her work is thin on the details of Freehof's halakhic decisions--though as she rightly points out, the details of the responsa are "not crucial for understanding the positions he took"(xxvii).
16) Part of halakha
is the enumeration of these commandments, the formal declaration of the manner in which they are performed, and the penalty for transgression.
Like Cohen and unlike Yeshayahu, he considers halakha
no longer a sufficient basis for the religion: "Halakhah as a body of laws and way of life ultimately relinquished responsibility for the historic destiny of the Jewish people" (507).
Because of the well-formulated and embracing nature of the "Dina Demalchusa Dina" concept in Jewish law, which states (in a broad sense) that the law of the land is the law, the final product is still thought of and construed as a religious obligation under halakha
itself, making this case a prime example of one in which law and culture can and do influence religion.
55) The Orthodox perceived these decisions as threatening its position as the official religion of Israel and its goal to establish a state based upon Halakha
(Jewish religious law).
Sunday, Rabbi Jonathan Seidel of Or haGan will talk about "Reflections on Halakha
and Religious Freedom in Israel," including new pluralistic and renewed perspectives in Jewish jurisprudence and halakha
, including "Mishpat Ivri.