Chaim Saiman is the chair in Jewish law at the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University and the author of Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law (Princeton 2018).
The author of our May essay on the Zoom seder joins us to talk about his ideas and the debate surrounding them.
From Ashkenazi and Sephardi to strict and lenient.
What the headline-making rabbinic showdown over online seders reveals about Jewish law and its limits.
“In heaven there will be no law,” an American legal giant once wrote. For Jews, it’s exactly the opposite.
There have been two moments in the last 150 years when the assumptions behind Jewish law seemed poised to change. Nothing happened. Is today different?