Why teach kids Jewish law? Professor Michael Broyde argues that teaching not just law, but legal thinking is perhaps the most important component of Jewish elementary education. Learning Jewish law and legal th... inking, he asserts, provides students with five important skills for exploring not only legal questions, but life questions including negotiating personal and family relationships. Ultimately, Professor Broyde argues that the true value of learning Jewish law is the development legal thinking, which has applications far beyond the Jewish world.See lessSee more
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One who studies the Law as a child, to what can he be compared? To ink written on fresh paper. And one who studies the Law as an old man, to what can he be compared? To ink written on smudged paper. M
The Jerusalem Post's November 1 editorial "In praise of liberal arts" lamented the everdwindling percentage of Israeli students opting for bachelor's degrees in the humanities. In 1999, the article notes, 18.5 percent of students were registered for courses in the humanities. Today that figure is 7.5%.
The Talmud: A Methodological Introduction from Northwestern University. The Talmud is one of the richest and most complicated works of literature the world has ever known. Since being composed around 1500 years ago it has inspired not only religious reverence but significant intellectual engagement.
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Rabbi Dr. Michael J. Broyde is professor of law at Emory Law and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law Religion at Emory University. His primary areas of interest are law and religion, Jewish law and ethics, and comparative religious law. In addition, Professor Broyde has taught Federal Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Secured Credit and Bankruptcy. He received his JD from New York University and published a note on the law review, as well as clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Broyde received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University and is a member of the Beth Din of America, the largest Jewish law court in America, where he also served as director during the 1997-1998 academic year. Professor Broyde is the founding rabbi of the Young Israel synagogue in Atlanta, a founder of the Atlanta Torah MiTzion kollel study program, and a board member of many organizations in Atlanta.