The Zoom-Seder Ruling Reveals New Fractures and Coalitions in the World of Jewish Orthodoxy

From Ashkenazi and Sephardi to strict and lenient.





Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Meron, Israel on May 25, 2020. David Cohen/FLASH90.
Last Word
May 28 2020
About the author

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).


I am honored that my essay on the Zoom seder and its implications for Shabbat in the digital era merited careful consideration by a distinguished group of scholars. In particular, I am grateful that Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, one of the signatories of the original ruling, had the opportunity to present the background and motivations behind it to an English-speaking audience.

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