Rabbinic-Lay Relations in Jewish Law

LOOK INSIDE: Rabbinic Lay Relations

Published 1993 – ISBN 0-929699-04-1

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Peter Haas holds the Abba Hillel Silver Chair of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland; previously he has held a professorship at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Morality After Auschwitz (1988),Recovering the Role of Women: Power and Authority in Rabbinic Jewish Society (1992), and Responsa: A Literary History of the Genre (1996).

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.

Richard Rheins is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Sinai, Denver, Colorado. He is a past member of the Responsa Committee opf the Central Conference of American Rabbis and Vice-President of the Freehof Institute for Progressive Jewish Law. He has published A The Professionalization of the Rabbinate@ and A Asu Seyag Latorah: Make a Fence to Protect the Torah@ among other essays.

Mark Washofsky is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chair of the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He has published numerous studies in the field of Jewish law and legal theory. He is the editor of Teshuvot for the Nineties (1997), and author of Jewish Living and Practice (2000).

Arnold Jacob Wolf is rabbi, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago. He has published over two hundred articles and many books, among them Rediscovering Judaism (1965),Unfinished Rabbi (1998), Broken Tablets (1999) He has taught at HUC-JIR in New York, at Yale University and Spertus College in Chicago.

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).

Bernard M. Zlotowitz is rabbi and graduate of HUC-JIR, received his doctorate in Septuagint studies from HUC-JIR. He writes the column, “Q & A” for Reform Judaism. A senior scholar for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, author of many books and scholarly and popular articles.


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