Jewish Law and Matters of State: Theory, Policy, and Practice

Jewish Law and Matters of State: Theory, Policy, and Practice In recent years Jewish religious leaders have often expressed religious opinions in matters concerning the foreign and security policy of the State of Israel. The present article focuses on the internal religious legitimacy of halakhic rulings in these matters and reveals the prerequisites that decisors must satisfy before voicing a binding halakhic opinion on issues concerning the Israeli Arab conflict, peace agreements, Jewish settlements in Judah and Samaria, etc. The article is divided into three parts that answer the following questions: (a) are matters of State policy subject to halakhic norms or are they situated outside the realm of Halakha? (b) does Halakha have a judicial policy seeking to rule on these issues? (c) what are the practical difficulties that decisors face if they wish to rule on them? The article points out the diversity of internal halakhic opinions on the questions under investigation, and outlines an analytical method for a halakhic discussion aimed at answering them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Law, Religion and State Brill

Jewish Law and Matters of State: Theory, Policy, and Practice

Journal of Law, Religion and State, Volume 1 (3): 309 – Jan 1, 2012

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Brill
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© 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2212-6465
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2212-4810
DOI
10.1163/22124810-00103003
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Abstract

In recent years Jewish religious leaders have often expressed religious opinions in matters concerning the foreign and security policy of the State of Israel. The present article focuses on the internal religious legitimacy of halakhic rulings in these matters and reveals the prerequisites that decisors must satisfy before voicing a binding halakhic opinion on issues concerning the Israeli Arab conflict, peace agreements, Jewish settlements in Judah and Samaria, etc. The article is divided into three parts that answer the following questions: (a) are matters of State policy subject to halakhic norms or are they situated outside the realm of Halakha? (b) does Halakha have a judicial policy seeking to rule on these issues? (c) what are the practical difficulties that decisors face if they wish to rule on them? The article points out the diversity of internal halakhic opinions on the questions under investigation, and outlines an analytical method for a halakhic discussion aimed at answering them.

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Journal of Law, Religion and StateBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: religion and national policy; religious law and public law; halakhic boundaries; Halakha and issues of national policy

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