Spring 2012 offered for 2 credits.
Friedell. Assigned readings are in English. Prior knowledge of Judaism is not required.
Selected readings of articles and translations of original sources on a range of topics. These include abortion, medical malpractice, medical enhancement, the role of lawyers, homosexuality, privacy, legal ethics, self-incrimination, gambling, tort law, marriage and divorce, law and morality. The course looks at these materials to gain an understanding of the values underlying Jewish law and the ways in which law changes. Also looks at how American courts have resolved questions involving Jewish law and how Israeli courts have used Jewish law in their decision-making.