(LAWS-8005) - 1 UNIT

Jewish law is the historical and religious legal system of the Jewish people. Israel was established as a modern democratic state and developed a secular legal system of its own. The course will describe and analyze the interrelations between Jewish Law and the State of Israel. Following a short review of Jewish law history and sources we will present the challenge that was posed to Jewish law with the establishment of the State of Israel. We will then see how Jewish law (in fact rabbinic authorities) deals with this challenge. Does it accept the laws made by the Knesset and to what extent? On the other hand, we will examine how Israeli law relates to Jewish law. What place was given to Jewish law by the legislature and how courts and judges interpreted it?