New books from the Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation
Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy, Chaim I. Waxman
July 2019, pp. 240, Paperback, 9781786941640, £19.95
Chaim Waxman presents a detailed analysis of halakhic developments, covering family and community life, the increasing Americanisation of Orthodox Jews, and how developments in Orthodoxy in Israel are having an impact on American norms. He shows that there is both greater stringency and greater leniency, and he discusses the many reasons for this.
Collected Essays, Volume I, Haym Soloveitchik
June 2019, pp. 352, Paperback, 9781786941657, £22.95
These essays reflect the author’s lifelong interest in the history of halakhah, asking what happens when strong forces impinge on halakhic observance, forcing adaptation to new circumstances. The essays cover usury, money-lending, and pawnbroking; Gentile wine; and the self-image of the Ashkenazic community, and show that the line between adaptation and deviance is a fine one..
Collected Essays, Volume II, Haym Soloveitchik
June 2019, pp. 448, Paperback, 9781786941664, £22.95
In this second volume of his essays on the history of halakhah, Haym Soloveitchik grapples with much-disputed topics in medieval Jewish history, including the roots and culture of Early Ashkenaz and its knowledge of the Babylonian Talmud; martyrdom as perceived and practised by Jews under Islam and Christianity; and the interpretation of Maimonides’ Mishneh torah.
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