CONF: Jewish Law Association Regional Conference on Social Justice & Jewish Law at Yeshiva University on March 27th

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The Jewish Law Association Regional Conference on Social Justice and Jewish Law

Hosted by Yeshiva University on March 27th, 2017.

Location: Furst Hall, room 535 (500 West 185th Street)

Breakfast/coffee 8:15-8:45 am

Welcome: Yedida Eisenstat, York University

Panel I – 8:45-10:15 am

Chair: Barry Eichler, Yeshiva University

  • Truth, Justice, and the Biblical Way: A Case Study in Law and Truth in Biblical Law and Narrative, Yael Landman, Yeshiva University
  • Enforced Altruism in Jewish Law: The Case of Hashavat Avieda, Chaim Saiman, Villanova University
  • “Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue: Do Proposed Remedies for Get Refusal Result in Social Justice?”, Yael Machtinger, York University

Panel II – 10:30-12:30 pm

Chair: Yakov Elman, Yeshiva University

  • Tokheḥa:  The Birth, Decline, and Resurgence of Interpersonal Responsibility, Matthew Goldstone, New York University
  • Rebel with a Clause: The Functional Elimination of the Stubborn and Rebellious Son, Rachel Rosenthal, Jewish Theological Seminary
  • From Lawyer to Rabbinical Student: A Lesson in Halakha as Protection for the Soul, Matthew Katz, University of Chicago and the Hebrew Seminary for the Deaf and Hearing
  • Discipline and Pleasure: Animal Accessories in Babylonian Talmud Tractate Shabbat Chapter Five, Beth Berkowitz, Barnard College

Lunch 12:30-1:30 pm

Greetings over lunch: David Berger, Dean, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University

Panel III – 1:30-3:00 pm

Chair: Noah Bickart, Yale University

  • The Working and the Non-Working Poor: A Distinction with a Difference in the Talmud Bavli, Alyssa Gray, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
  • “Poverty Is Not Hereditary” -- Really? Finding and Fighting Systemic Poverty in Jewish Law, Jesse Lempel, Harvard Law School
  • Uncovering the Hidden Ethics of a Rabbinic Ruling: Why a House Robber is Allowed to Keep His Stolen Goods, Will Friedman, Harvard University

Panel IV – 3:15-5:15 pm

Chair: Yoni Brafman, Jewish Theological Seminary

  • Ethics and Halakha: the Case of Maimonides, Emanuel Bloch, Hebrew University
  • Spiritual Socialism in the Writings of Yehuda Leib Orlean, Ilan Fuchs, Brandeis University
  • (Why) Does Jewish Tradition Recognize a Halakhah Independent of Ethics?  Anti-Reductionism and Some of Its Discontents, Aryeh Klapper, Center for Modern Torah Leadership
  • Revisiting the Possibility of an Ethic Independent of Halakhah in the Thought of R. Aharon Lichtenstein, Shlomo Zuckier, Yale University

Closing Remarks: Phil Lieberman, Vanderbilt University

Pre-registration is not required though RSVPs to are greatly appreciated.