What Is This Thing Called Law? https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/uncategorized/2013/12/what-is-this-thing-called-law/

The Jewish Legal Tradition and Its Discontents
December 1, 2013 | Joshua Berman
About the author: Joshua Berman is professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University and the author most recently of Ani Maamin: Biblical Criticism, Historical Truth, and the Thirteen Principles of Faith (Maggid).
The Judgment of Solomon Raphael, 1519. Palazzi Pontifici, Vatican.
The headline-making issues facing American Jews and Judaism are all too obvious from the statistics gathered in the latest Pew report: climbing rates of out-marriage, growing numbers of Jews with no interest whatsoever in Judaism, a noticeable distancing from Israel. Only among the religiously observant, it seems, is the continuity of a vibrant Jewish life secured.

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