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Halachah and History: Separate Realms

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Publication Date: September 1983

Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.); Sh'ma, Inc.

Author(s): Louis Jacobs

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Law (Halacha); Orthodox Judaism; Values; History

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author argues that modern critical investigation of halachah (Jewish law) is not in itself incompatible with devotion to halachah. He explores the roles of academics and rabbis in discussions of halachah and suggests that the possibility of change might be an integral part of the halachic tradition. In Sh'ma: a Journal of Jewish Responsibility vol.13, no.258.