Podcast: Chaim Saiman on the Roots and Basis of Jewish Law (Rebroadcast) https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2024/06/podcast-chaim-saiman-on-the-roots-and-basis-of-jewish-law-rebroadcast/

In honor of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday that celebrates lawgiving, a discussion about the essence of Jewish law.

June 14, 2024 | Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic
About the author: A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture.

Podcast: Chaim Saiman


Jewish communities have just concluded the celebration of Shavuot, a pilgrimage festival in times of the Temple and the moment when, fifty days after the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt, God revealed the Ten Commandments to Moses. Those commandments form the foundation of the many rules and obligations inflected throughout the Jewish tradition. Indeed, after thousands of years of Jewish history, Jewish lives continue to be structured through something called halakhah, Jewish law.

What is halakhah? In 2018, the rabbi Mark Gottlieb sat down to answer that question with Chaim Saiman, one of the world’s foremost scholars of Jewish law and the author of a then newly published book called Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law. This week, in honor of the Jewish holiday that celebrates lawgiving, is a rebroadcast of their discussion.