Jewish Law as a Way of Talking about Everything

A webcast lecture, exclusive to Mosaic subscribers, with professors Chaim Saiman, Robert P. George, and Leora Batnitzky.

Chaim Saiman, Robert P. George and Leora Batnitzky
Feb. 7 2019
About the authors

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).

Robert P. George is McCormick professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

What’halakhah? If you read Mosaic, there’s a decent chance that you’ve either asked or been asked this question at some point in your life—and if not in the past, then now.

Luckily, just a very few months ago we published an essay addressing this very question. In it, Professor Chaim Saiman of Villanova University argued that halakhah, usually translated as Jewish law, is in reality an expansive term for an activity that touches on everything from torts to theology to literature.

And now we have some further good news.

Professor Saiman will be discussing his new book, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, with Professor Leora Batnitzky of Princeton University. Their conversation, hosted by Professor Robert P. George and titled Rabbinic Law as Culture: How the Rabbis Transformed Jewish Law into a Way of Talking about Everything, will take place today at Princeton from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

All you need to do to tune is be 1) a paid Mosaic subscriber, and 2) on this page at 12:45.

Note: Below is a recording of the conversation among Professors Saiman, Batnitzky, and George, which took place on February 7, 2019.

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