The New American Halakhah: Praxis of Contemporary American Beth Dins
Chaim Saiman is professor law and chair in Jewish law at Villanova University. His areas of expertise include Jewish law, insurance law, and private law. At the Katz Center, he will examine how modern American business culture, battei din, and Jewish and American law more broadly have interacted in recent decades, both competing and converging.
Saiman received his JD from Columbia University. He has taught at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as well as at the University of Toronto, Bar-Ilan University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and IDC faculties of law. He sits as a rabbinical court judge (dayyan) with the Beth Din of America and serves as an expert witness in insurance law and Jewish law in federal court.
- Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law (Princeton University Press, 2018)
- “The Status of the Halakhic State,” Tradition 53.4 (2021)