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Ethics as Law, Law as Religion: Reflections on the Problem of Law and Ethics in Judaism

Ethics as Law, Law as Religion: Reflections on the Problem of Law and Ethics in Judaism Louis E. Newman Louis E. Newman is a professor at Carleton College. His recent work focuses on the hermeneutics of Jewish ethical discourse, such as "Woodchoppers and Respirators: The Problem of Interpretation in Contemporary Jewish Ethics," published in Modem Judaism (10: 1) and The Problem ofInterpretation in Contemporary Jewish Ethics. For some years now, scholars have been engaged in a lively debate concerning the relationship between law and ethics in Judaism. 1 Numerous talmudic texts which appear to suggest that rabbinic authorities of the past in1See J. David Bleich, "Is There an Ethic Beyond Halakhah?" in ed. Norbert M. Samuelson, Studies in Jewish Philosophy (Lanham, MD, 1987), pp. 527-46; Eugene B. Borowitz, "The Authority of the Ethical Impulse in Halakhah," in ed. Samuelson, op. cit., pp. 489-505; Boaz Cohen, "Letter and Spirit in Jewish and Roman Law," in his Law and Tradition in Judaism (New York, 1969); Elliot N. Dorff, "The Interaction of Jewish Law with Morality," Judaism 26:455-66; Jose Faur, "Law and Justice in Rabbinic Jurisprudence," in ed. Gersion Appel, Morris Epstein and Hayim Leaf, Samuel K Mirsky Memorial Volume (New York, 1970); Simon Federbush, "AI hamusar v'hamishpat" [Hebrew], Ritzaron 6:525-32; Robert Gordis, "The Ethical Dimensions ofthe http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Ethics as Law, Law as Religion: Reflections on the Problem of Law and Ethics in Judaism

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Louis E. Newman Louis E. Newman is a professor at Carleton College. His recent work focuses on the hermeneutics of Jewish ethical discourse, such as "Woodchoppers and Respirators: The Problem of Interpretation in Contemporary Jewish Ethics," published in Modem Judaism (10: 1) and The Problem ofInterpretation in Contemporary Jewish Ethics. For some years now, scholars have been engaged in a lively debate concerning the relationship between law and ethics in Judaism. 1 Numerous talmudic texts which appear to suggest that rabbinic authorities of the past in1See J. David Bleich, "Is There an Ethic Beyond Halakhah?" in ed. Norbert M. Samuelson, Studies in Jewish Philosophy (Lanham, MD, 1987), pp. 527-46; Eugene B. Borowitz, "The Authority of the Ethical Impulse in Halakhah," in ed. Samuelson, op. cit., pp. 489-505; Boaz Cohen, "Letter and Spirit in Jewish and Roman Law," in his Law and Tradition in Judaism (New York, 1969); Elliot N. Dorff, "The Interaction of Jewish Law with Morality," Judaism 26:455-66; Jose Faur, "Law and Justice in Rabbinic Jurisprudence," in ed. Gersion Appel, Morris Epstein and Hayim Leaf, Samuel K Mirsky Memorial Volume (New York, 1970); Simon Federbush, "AI hamusar v'hamishpat" [Hebrew], Ritzaron 6:525-32; Robert Gordis, "The Ethical Dimensions ofthe

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1990

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