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Beauty, Eros, & Natural Law (David Novak)

Natural law as form of Jewish social ethics, rests on images of the imagination. That is almost the way David Novak defines it in Jewish Social Ethics, not as the “[deduction] of conclusions from the rules at hand but, rather, … Continue reading

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Un/Natural Law & the Rabbis (Christine Hayes)

Christine Hayes puts the kibosh on the notion that there is a recognition of natural law in “Judaism.” She is, of course, careful to draw her analysis closely around a circumscribed group of sources. While arguably most medieval and a … Continue reading

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Norms (The Heavy Weight of Constraining Authority in Jewish Philosophy) (Or Just an Image)

I picked a fight about “Jewish law’ and “authority” with two colleagues on FB with a recent post about Ayelet Shaked and Jewish fascism. The upshot is whether or not so-called Jewish law operates as a system of binding constraints, … Continue reading

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Jewish & Anti-Democratic (Tikvah Fund)

The neconservative Tikva Fund has a new Hebrew language platform in Israel where they published this bit by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Those of us in the field know that the Tikva Fund has long committed itself to “law,” “Jewish … Continue reading

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What’s Divine About Divine Law is Human (Divorced from Reason, Truth, & Stasis) (Christine Hayes)

Oddly enough, so-called divine law for the rabbis has all the characteristics that Greco-Roman thinkers ascribed to positive (i.e. human) law but which they (the Greco-Roman thinkers) denied to divine-natural law. This would boil down to the capacity of law … Continue reading

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Ethics Independent of Halakhah? (Aharon Lichtenstein)

From Modern Jewish Ethics, edited by Marvin Fox, and since re-printed, here are the main ligaments to Aharon Lichtenstein’s famous question cum essay, “Does Jewish Tradition Recognize An Ethic Independent of Halakah?” I have re-arranged the parts out of sequence … Continue reading

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(Jewish Ethics) Depends Upon How You Choose The Terms

Does Jewish ethics exist? It depends. Again sticking with Modern Jewish Ethics, the 1975 collection of essays edited by Marvin Fox, Aharaon Lichtenstein put it quite bluntly. “[A]s formulated, this particular query is a studded minefield, ever key term is an … Continue reading

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