Not in Heaven: The Nature and Function of Jewish Law

Not in Heaven: The Nature and Function of Jewish Law

by Eliezer Berkovits

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Not in Heaven: The Nature and Function of Jewish Law by Eliezer Berkovits

In this classic work, Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits analyzes Jewish law as it applies to the religious, ethical, and judicial principles of Judaism in the ever-changing human situation. Delineating common sense, feasibility, and ethical concern as the underpinnings of the Jewish legal system, Berkovits provides a wealth of original insights into the very essence of halacha.

In language accessible to everyone, Not in Heaven discusses a wide range of contemporary issues, including the status of women, marriage, divorce, conversion, rabbinic authority, and the role of halacha in a Jewish state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789657052556
Publisher: Shalem Press
Publication date: 07/16/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Joseph Isaac Lifshitz ix

Introduction xix

1 The Nature and Function of Jewish Law 3

Common Sense 4

The Wisdom of the Feasible 11

The Priority of the Ethical 28

The Example of Marriage and Divorce Law 49

2 The Nature of Halachic Authority 70

"Not in Heaven" 70

"These as Well as Those Are Words of the Living God" 75

"Only What the Judge's Eyes See" 80

"Uprooting" Biblical Commandments? 86

"It Is Time to Act for God" 97

3 What Is Halacha? 107

4 Halacha in Our Time 128

Halacha in Exile 128

From an Agenda for Halacha 151

5 Halacha in a Democratic Society 171

Notes 180

Index 191

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