Halakhah in the Modern World: How Jewish Law Was Rethought and Reworked in Modernity

For the Public
Thursday, May 4, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

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May 4, May 11, and May 18

Halakhah is often thought to mark the Jewish tradition’s continuity within a changing world. And yet, it too was rethought and reworked by Jewish decisors and thinkers across the religious spectrum in response to modernity. This course examines the diverse ways halakhah was reconceived, including as religious ritual, conceptual system, and state law.

Please note: Enrollment is limited. Registration is first come, first served, beginning on March 1. A small number of scholarships are available; please contact Dajana Denes Walters if cost is a barrier.

About Katz Center Mini-Courses

Mini-courses examine special topics in Judaic studies in a setting comparable to a college seminar, taught by international faculty to adult learners online. They are designed to be cumulative and interactive, so registration is for the entire course, not individual meetings, and enrollment is limited.


About the image above: W. H. Matthews, Mazes and Labyrinths: A General Account of their History and Developments (London, 1922), courtesy of PublicDomainReview.org.


Yonatan Y. Brafman

Tufts University

Yonatan Y. Brafman is assistant professor of modern Judaism in the Department of Religion and a member of the Program in Judaic Studies at Tufts University. His research focuses on the intersection of Jewish thought, Jewish law, and contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy. At the Katz Center, he will examine the systematicity of Jewish law in the modern period.

Brafman received his PhD in the philosophy of religion and Jewish thought from Columbia University. He has taught in the Department of Religion and Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University, the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Klatt Family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.