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Jewrisprudence: Frontiers of Modern Jewish Law
January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until June 10, 2020
How is our timeless halakhic (Jewish legal) system responding to questions of Jewish law emerging from our fast-paced, open-sourced, multi-vocal, technology-saturated, and rapidly-changing world? Join Rabbi Adina Lewittes as we analyze contemporary teshuvot (rabbinic responses), study the systems of change that have maintained the relevance of Jewish observance for millennia, explore the dynamism within the boundaries of Jewish law, and learn to articulate, in the language of tradition, the commitments to observance and practice that frame your Jewish life.
Questions we’ll explore throughout the series include:
- Observing the second day of haggim outside of Israel
- Eating in non-kosher restaurants
- The status of non-certified cheese, wine, and gelatin
- Is beef produced in a lab actually meat?
- Should veal be kosher?
- Logging in to a minyan to say Kaddish
- The status of patrilineal Jews
- Must a transgender woman converting to Judaism undergo a circumcision?
- Cremation in Jewish law
- Train, planes, and automobiles: transportation on Shabbat
And many more current halakhic questions. Suggestions are always welcome!