Crime and Punishment in Jewish Law

LOOK INSIDE: Crime and Punishment

Published 1999 – ISBN 1-57181-197-4

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Contributors

Richard A. Block is Rabbi of Temple Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, OH. He has a law degree from Yale University and he is published frequently in the Journal for Reform Judaism, and the Yale Law Journal, and other periodicals. He is an officer of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Solomon B. Freehof (1893-1990) was rabbi of the Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and of the World Union for Progressive Judaism; and Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Author of twenty six-books including eight volumes of responsa, Responsa in Wartime (1947), Reform Jewish Practice (1947, 1952), The Responsa Literature (1955), A Treasury of Responsa (1963), Today’s Reform Responsa (1990).

Leonard Kravitz is professor of Midrash and Homiletics at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He has served on the Medical Ethics Committee of the New York Federation of Philanthropies. Author of The Esoteric Meaning of Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed (1988), Commentary on the Ethics of the Fathers (1992) with K. Olitzky.

Walter Jacob is President of the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin/Potsdam; Senior Scholar of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; President of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah and the Associated American Jewish Museums. Author, editor, or translator of thirty-six books including Christianity through Jewish Eyes (1974), American Reform Responsa (1983), The Pittsburgh Platform in Retrospect (1985), Liberal Judaism and Halakhah (1988),The Second Book of the Bible: Exodus Interpreted by Benno Jacob (1992), Die Exegese hat das erste Wort (2002), Pursuing Peace Across the Alleghenies (2005), Hesed and Tzedakah – From the Bible to Modernity (2006); Napoleon’s Influence on Jewish Law (2007), and more than twelve hundred published essays and sermons. 

Clifford E. Librach is rabbi of the United Jewish Center, Danbury CT; he a law degree from New York University and clerked for Judge Robert E. Seiler, Supreme Court of Missouri. He has written for the Journal of Reform Judaism, theJewish Law Association Studies as well as other periodicals.

Stephen M. Passamaneck is Professor of Rabbinic at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and past honorary president of the Jewish Law Association. He is author of numerous essays as well as Insurance in Rabbinic Law (1974),Jewish Law and Life (1977), The Traditional Jewish Law of Sale (1983) and, with others, Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law (1996). He also serves as a Peace Officer in the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department.

Moshe Zemer is Director of the Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah. He is a founder of the Movement for Progressive Judaism in Israel and founding rabbi of the Kedem Synagogue-Bet Daniel, Tel Aviv. He is Av Bet Din of the Israel Council of Progressive Rabbis and Senior Lecturer in Rabbinic at Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem. He has also contributed numerous articles on halakhah in the Israeli press and scientific journals. He is author of The Sane Halakhah (1993).

 

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