Jewish Issues in Modern Society
A series of 2-session mini-courses: a. The Law of the Land When does halacha demand that we obey the law of the land? b. Imitating non-Jewish Conduct When are we prohibited from dressing like non-Jews or imitating any other form of non-Jewish behavior? c. Smoking What do the great poskim write about smoking (tobacco and other leaves)? d. Euthanasia Is there room in halacha to permit certain forms of euthanasia for terminally ill patients who are suffering? We will examine the opinions of the Shulchan Aruch and major contemporary authorities.
Jewish Issues in Modern Society: Lesson 1
The Law of the Land I-Our first topic is the Law of the Land. When does halacha demand that we obey the Law of the Land? A link with sources in Hebrew has been sent to all participants. In class we will translate all the texts into English and analyse them.
Jewish Issues in Modern Society: Lesson 3
Imitating the Ways of the Non-Jews-Our next topic deals with our imitating the ways of the non-Jews. To what extent are we permitted to behave as the non-Jews around us behave? Can we dress in the same style as they? Can we speak the same language? Can we model any of our religious practice on theirs? Can we participate in their non-religious celebrations? A link with sources in Hebrew has been sent to all participants. In class we will translate these sources and analyze them.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.