Halakhah Provides a Uniquely Rabbinic Way of Analyzing the Human Condition

Dec. 13 2018

In his recent book, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, Chaim Saiman asks why Judaism has traditionally seen the study of the intricacies of tort law, or the minutiae of long-defunct sacrificial rituals, as the highest form of religious devotion. Saiman argues that halakhah in fact provided ancient rabbis with a rubric for discussing the profoundest questions about God and the human condition in a way that never departs from concrete reality. He discusses these ideas, the future of talmudic education, and the meaning of Jewish law in the state of Israel in conversation with Mark Gottlieb. (Audio, 46 minuntes.)

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Confronting China Must Be a U.S. Priority

July 22 2019

In recent decades, the Peoples’ Republic of China has experienced rapid and dramatic economic growth; under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, it has used its newfound economic might to pursue an aggressive foreign policy, menacing its neighbors while seeking to expand its influence around the globe. Nikki Haley examines the threat posed by Beijing, and how the U.S. can counter it. (Free registration may be required.)

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