The Intervention of American Law in Jewish Divorce

For the Public
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

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American Jewish divorce cases provide a fascinating window onto how the liberal state responds to religious, cultural and legal subgroups. They also provide a window onto how Jewish law views the role of the non-Jewish state.

About the “Jewish Law and the Constitution” Series

The familiar talmudic statement dina de-malkhuta dina (“the law of the kingdom is the law”) doesn’t even begin to cover the complex relationship between Judaism and state law—especially when the state itself takes account of Jewish law and religion. This series of lectures will draw out some signal characteristics of that relationship as it has evolved and unfolded in the orbit of American constitutional law. Each speaker will highlight one arena in which the American legal system has been drawn into conversation with American Jewish life and vice versa. Case by case, they tell stories of religion and politics, democracy and minorities, theory and practice: law entangled with law.


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Suzanne Stone

Suzanne Stone

Yeshiva University & Cardozo Law School

Suzanne Last Stone is University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Yeshiva University, Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School.

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