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Burden of Proof in Property Law
When two parties claim rights to the same properties, what is the burden of proof required? Rabbi Shanowitz presents the Talmudic law followed by Justice Fraiberg who presents the secular approach.
An “ish tov”—good man
My father gave me a huge hug and kiss like only he could, and then we walked out to the parking lot. As he began driving, my father told me how proud he was of me for playing so well. What he said next taught me a life lesson that I have never forgotten ....
American Judicial Opinions and Talmudic Citations
A survey of judicial citations to Jewish and Talmudic law in several complex and controversial areas of American law. A careful analysis of these judicial opinions explores the accuracy and relevance of these citations, and their application to the legal ...
Vigorous Counsel or Suborning Perjury
One of the most troubling "grey areas" in the practice of law is the question of where a lawyer’s advice crosses the line from helping the client make a good case into providing a recipe for perjury. How is this issue dealt with in the American and in Jud...
Halachah and the limits of rationality
Professor Rabbi Ozer Glickman of Yeshiva University posits a “legal theory” of Torah law that compares and contrasts the ideas of morality, legality, rationality and obligation.
A Jewish Perspective on American Ethics Codes
A legal scholar makes the argument that current American ethical codes actually contribute to a lack of ethics in the legal profession. He then offers the Jewish system of Talmudic ethics as a model for improvement.
I admit, not only do I sometimes drive slightly over the speed limit, I also jaywalk in the streets of my quiet neighborhood.
The Talmud on Migo, Lesson 1
This Talmud class explores Talmudic principle of 'Migo', a reasoning often employed by the court to ascertain the veracity of a claim. We begin with a real case of litigation presented to the court, which by extension teach us legal principles for authent...
A number of big names coming to Chicago, with Chabad as a co-sponsor
When dozens of Jewish judges, attorneys and legal scholars from around the nation converge on Chicago’s prestigious Standard Club this week, they’ll get right down to business: sharpening their skills, improving their knowledge and discussing contemporary...
A philosophical exploration of a Talmudic dictum highlights the intrinsic value of law
"He who has been commanded and fulfills the command," the Talmud says, "is greater than he who fulfills though not commanded." This suggests that laws are valuable not only because they ensure proper behavior, but because the binding nature of these dutie...
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