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Crime and Punishment in Jewish Law : Essays and Responsa - Walter Jacob

Crime and Punishment in Jewish Law

Essays and Responsa

By: Walter Jacob (Editor), Moshe Zemer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st October 1999
ISBN: 9781571811974
Number Of Pages: 160

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The Bible presents only a small portion of the laws necessary for a state to function. Nevertheless, whole tractates of the Talmud discuss a wide variety of legal issues both civil and criminal. Although the jurisdiction of the beth din was limited in every land where Jews have lived, the scholars felt that it was important to develop a system which dealt with every aspect of life. Quite a few of the issues were discussed at a purely theoretical level. But faced with specific problems in their respective communities, the rabbinic scholars were forced to be practical and go beyond the traditional halakhah in order to protect the community. This mixture of idealism and reality shape the later rabbinic discussions, some elements of which have been incorporated into modern Israeli law, but also shape modern Jewish thinking in the Diaspora. This area of the halakhah has been rather neglected, but this volume will no doubt stimulate further research.

Published in Association with the Solomon B. Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
Essays
The Concept of Crime in the Jewish Traditionp. 3
What Is Crime?p. 22
Assisting the Guilty: Halakhic Considerationsp. 34
Punishment: Its Method and Purposep. 45
Capital Punishmentp. 64
Confrontation of Halakhah and Religious Violencep. 74
Selected Reform Responsa
Professional Secrecy and an Illegal Actp. 91
Damages for a Physician's Errorp. 93
Suing the Rabbip. 94
Malpractice Suits Against Rabbisp. 96
Confidential Informationp. 99
Testimony Against a Family Memberp. 100
Informing on Others in Criminal Activitiesp. 102
Electronic Eavesdropping and Jewish Lawp. 103
Disinterment for Legal Evidencep. 107
Insanity in Criminal Casesp. 109
Unknown Defect in Building Materialp. 110
Freeing Hostagesp. 113
Jewish Lawyers and Terroristsp. 114
Punishment of Minorsp. 116
Memorializing a Known Criminalp. 117
Garnisheeing Wagesp. 118
Muggers and Money on Sabbathp. 120
Collecting Synagogue Pledges through the Civil Courtsp. 123
Synagogue Contribution from a Criminalp. 126
A Criminal as a Member of the Congregationp. 129
An Unworthy Man Called to Torahp. 132
Contributorsp. 138
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ISBN: 9781571811974
ISBN-10: 1571811974
Series: Studies in Progressive Halakhah
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 21st October 1999
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.81
Weight (kg): 0.18