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Saturday, February 15 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
The Case of the Handicapped Kohen: How to Think about Halakhah (Jewish Law)

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Do we submit to halakhah, even and especially when it conflicts with our ethical and religious instincts?  Is halakhah only a default set of rules that must be overridden "to do what is right" in situations of moral crisis and tremendous personal pain?  We will explore one specific halakhic example and suggest a third approach: halakhah must shape us while simultaneously cultivating our capacity to articulate ethical and religious instincts in its specialized terminology.


Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder, rosh yeshiva, and chair in Jewish Law at Mechon Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. From 2011-2013, he was named one of the top 50 rabbis in... Read More →

Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
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