About Jewish Law
Halacha today deals with certain legal concepts, such as the corporate entity, which
have no direct precedent in Halachic sources. At the same time, the American judicial
system from time to time is asked to confront and even apply areas of Halacha dealing with
such diverse matters as kashrut and gittin (Jewish bills of divorce).
In order to forge a better understanding of the interaction between Halacha and secular
law, Jewish Law presents a wealth of information -- much of which is exclusive in
cyberspace to this website -- on Halacha, Jewish issues and secular law.
But Jewish Law seeks to accomplish more. We have designed this site not only as
a research center in order to learn and acquire knowledge, but also as a place for people
to "meet" and communicate with each other for professional networking purposes.
In these regards, we are proud and privileged to present the following:
- HALACHIC ARTICLES:
- From the pages of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society,
published by the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, we have collected articles
addressing the Halachic treatment of secular legal concepts, like bankruptcy, and the
treatment, in American law, of Halachic issues such as time of death. We have supplemented
these with additional articles which have appeared in other respected publications.
- LEGAL RESEARCH:
- We have surveyed the case law of federal and state courts and have summarized dozens of cases involving Halachic and other Jewish-related
- LEGAL BRIEFS:
- We have assembled, for the first time in any forum, briefs
filed in various United States courts, including the United States Supreme Court, on
matters of vital Jewish interest, such as abortion and physician-assisted suicide.
research Halachic topics, cases and briefs by keyword or key phrase, we provide a search engine for your convenience.
- HALACHIC FORMS:
- The interaction between Halacha and secular law at times requires entry into legal
agreements and/or the use of Halachic documents. In our Halachic Forms
section, we provide a sampling of such documentation.
- PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING/SPONSORSHIPS:
- Our Legal Directory lists the names, firms, areas of
concentration and other information about lawyers who take interest in the issues to which
Jewish Law is dedicated.
- FORUM -- E-MAIL DISCUSSION AND NETWORKING:
- The Forum currently is a moderated e-mail listserv for
discussion of Halacha/secular law issues. In addition, feel free to use the Forum for networking purposes and/or to raise appropriate
Halachic/secular law questions that you may have. In this regard, please note that
participants on the current Forum listserv include Rabbis,
attorneys and others who may be in a position to respond to your inquiries.
- LAW STUDENT'S Q & A LINE:
- The "Jewish Law Student's Q & A Line" page is
an interactive Forum for the Jewish law student who is interested in and committed to the
observance of Halacha. The Forum provides an opportunity for Jewish law students (and
budding ones) to communicate with experienced lawyers who share in the same interest and
commitment. Whether it is a question or comment about Halacha and secular law, what it's
like to practice law, or about job hunting and interviewing -- we'll try to give you a
"real life" answer.
The Forum is administered and moderated by a select group
of Orthodox practitioners and law professors, judges, etc. who have volunteered their time
to assist and mentor aspiring students. Questions and comments may be directed to one or
more of the mentors by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please specify if your question and the response to it should be disseminated to the
listserv for this Forum or not.
- Jewish Law is intended to be a continously evolving project. We wish to hear from
you, our readers, in order to improve upon what we have begun. Please write us by submittable form or via e-mail to email@example.com. We are actively seeking suitable
articles, legal briefs and sample Halachic forms for inclusion within this site. We also
seek additional leads for relevant cases that should be included with the case summaries
that we have gathered to date. Please see our Submissions
section for further details.
- WHAT'S NEW:
- Jewish Law continues to expand. Please see the What's New
section for the latest additions to the site.
Jewish Law is sponsored by The Center for Halacha and American Law of the Aleph Institute and is edited by Ira Kasdan with assistance from Isaac M. Jaroslawicz and Nathan Diament. Jewish Law acknowledges the early
assistance of Eli Clark in the initiation of this project. The Jewish Law logo was
designed by Chaim Kasdan. David Chase serves as Jewish Law's webmaster. This website has been created by SightSpecific, Inc.