• September 26, 2021
  • 20 5782, Tishri
  • פרשת בראשית

The King & the Sanhedrin

The King & the Sanhedrin

If God is King of the world, why did Israel need a king of flesh and blood to rule over them? Why was this so important to the people? Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman as he learns about the sources for anointing a king of Israel, how the king was to be different from other kings, and the role the prophets and Sanhedrin played in conjunction with the monarchy.

April 19, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The King & the Sanhedrin: The King & the Sanhedrin
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Hello Everyone,

The Torah as the expression of Hashem’s directions for how we should conduct ourselves contains mitzvot addressed to us as individuals and mitzvot that are addressed to us as a community.

Mitzvot addressed to us as individuals are mitzvot such as Shabbat, kahshrut and charity and these are mitzvot that we can learn about in Shulchan Aruch.

Mitzvot that are addressed to the community of the Jewish  people include the mitzvah to create a judicial system and the mitzvah to appoint a king.

In this series of shiurim we will look at these two mitzvot and see how they are interpreted and how they can be applied today.

April 26, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The King & the Sanhedrin: The King & the Sanhedrin
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Hello

Last week we saw how the roles of the king and the courts are described in the Tanach. We saw that kings dispensed justice which leads one to wonder were there boundaries of jurisdiction separating the royal court from the judicial court.

Today we will see how the Rambam and the Ran viewed the role played by kings vis a vis the role of the courts in the maintenance of a civil society.

May 3, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The King & the Sanhedrin: The King & the Sanhedrin
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Hello Everyone

For the past two weeks we have examined how  the king and courts each occupied a place in the administration of justice.

But Jewish kings have been gone for a very very long time. With their departure Jewish self-government continued to exist. We will see that the institutions of self-government were the local courts, councils known as טובי העיר and prominent rabbis. All of these institutions were “fitted together” in the writings of the Medieval Halacha sources that we will see today.

May 10, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The King & the Sanhedrin: The King & the Sanhedrin
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Over the past few weeks we have discussed the overlapping  areas of authority of the king and the courts.

Today we will discuss the Sanhedrin and the ordination required for judges of the Sanhedrin and the aborted attempt to renew this ordination which took place in sixteenth century Safed

May 24, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The King & the Sanhedrin: The King & the Sanhedrin
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In today’s class we will conclude the discussion of the failed attempt to renew the Sanhedrin in 16th century Safed.

May 31, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The King & the Sanhedrin: The King & the Sanhedrin
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Hello Everyone

In the previous sessions we have discussed the   role of the king and the role of the courts and Sanhedrin. Today we will discuss the interaction of the court and the king. Can the king judge and be judged? We will see that the two Talmuds, the Bavli and Yerushalmi disagree about this issue.

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.