Halacha and Law

B. S. Jackson, B. Lifshitz, Alyssa M. Gray and Daniel B. Sinclair

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780199280322
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577260 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Halacha and Law

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The academic study of ‘halacha’, like its traditional study in the yeshiva, is far broader than the study of ‘Jewish law’. The halacha, in both its scope and concerns, goes well beyond the scope and concerns of that section of it which has counterparts in secular, Western legal systems. For the purposes of this article, ‘Jewish law’ is that latter subsection of the halacha, a subsection moreover which has attracted the particular attentions of scholars trained in secular jurisprudence. This article surveys trends in the field, in relation to both halacha and Jewish Law, in terms of the fourfold division — historical, dogmatic, comparative, and philosophical.

Keywords: halacha; secular jurisprudence; Jewish law; dogmatic analysis; yeshiva

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Religious Studies ; Religious Issues and Debates

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