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By Elliot N. Dorff

This ebook examines biblical and rabbinic legislation as a coherent, carrying on with criminal culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislation and the interplay among legislation and morality. ample choices from basic Jewish assets, many newly translated, permit the reader to handle the culture without delay as a residing physique of legislations with emphasis at the matters which are fundamental for attorneys, legislators, and judges. via an in-depth exam of private damage legislations and marriage and divorce legislation, the booklet explores jurisprudential concerns very important for any felony approach and screens the first features of Jewish law.

A dwelling Tree may be of specified curiosity to scholars of legislation and to Jews all in favour of the felony dimensions in their culture. The authors offer adequate causes of the resources and their value to make it pointless for the reader to have a history in both Jewish reports or legislation.

"This publication is exceptional. It presents the suitable criminal resources for comprehending Jewish legislation and extra info (historical, sociological, etc.) for knowing the evolution of Jewish legislation. The authors' reviews are normally transparent and valuable and often insightful. The manuscript isn't just attention-grabbing however it is fascinating. the subject is critical to Judaic reviews and to historic stories as a rule. it's the top choice of fabric on Jewish legislation to be had within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, nation college of recent York at Albany

"What i admire such a lot approximately this publication is the breadth of remedy with no sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. this can be a tremendous English language advent to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , collage of Maryland at school Park

"A dwelling Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly viewpoint, the best booklet of its style on hand this day. the original positive factors of this publication make it a important contribution to the scholarship of the sector. certainly, in lots of methods, we'd count on that this booklet turns into the traditional English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown collage legislations heart

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Because there was no central authority, various community customs became more important during this period and ultimately entered the codes and precedents that were produced by rabbis all over the world. A number of Jewish communities also issued takkanot, that is, legislative enactments designed to regulate the practices of the members of those communities. This period ended with the writing of the Shulhan Arukh, a code that gained more authority than any other because it recorded the practices of Jews living in the Mediterranean Basin and the Middle East (the Sepharadiml and also included notes indicating the different practices of Jews living in France and Germany (the Ashkenazim).

A piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver-what is that between you and me? " Abraham accepted Ephron's terms. Abraham paid out to Ephron the money that he had named in the hearing of the children of Hethfour hundred shekels of silver at the going merchants' rate. So Ephron's land in Makhpelah, facing Mamre-the field with its cave and all the trees anywhere within the confines of that fie1dpassed to Abraham as his possession, in the presence of the children of Heth, of all who sat on the council of his town.

What does it tell you about the society in which it was adopted? Here are a few assertions about that society you should test as you read the text: (a) it was a stratified society with distinct social classes; (b) the status of women and slaves was inferior, but both groups were seen as possessing human dignity; (c) the economy was primarily agricultural, although the pastoral keeping of herds existed alongside the raising of crops; (d) pcople lived in houses rather than tcnts; and (e) there was a strong sense of group responsibility and interdependence, but at the same time the group did not livc in isolation and expected to have outsiders living with them.

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