By Elliot N. Dorff
This booklet examines biblical and rabbinic legislation as a coherent, carrying on with felony culture. It explains the connection among faith and legislation and the interplay among legislations and morality. ample decisions from basic Jewish resources, many newly translated, let the reader to deal with the culture at once as a dwelling physique of legislations with emphasis at the matters which are fundamental for attorneys, legislators, and judges. via an in-depth exam of private damage legislations and marriage and divorce legislations, the booklet explores jurisprudential matters very important for any felony procedure and screens the first features of Jewish law.
A residing Tree can be of exact curiosity to scholars of legislation and to Jews taken with the criminal dimensions in their culture. The authors offer enough factors of the resources and their importance to make it pointless for the reader to have a history in both Jewish reviews or legislation.
"This ebook is outstanding. It presents the suitable criminal assets for comprehending Jewish legislations and extra info (historical, sociological, etc.) for knowing the evolution of Jewish legislations. The authors' reviews are perpetually transparent and worthy and regularly insightful. The manuscript is not just attention-grabbing however it is interesting. the subject is necessary to Judaic stories and to historic stories as a rule. it's the top choice of fabric on Jewish legislations on hand within the United States." -- Martin Edelman, country collage of latest York at Albany
"What i love such a lot approximately this booklet is the breadth of therapy with out sacrifice of intensity or sophistication. it is a fantastic English language creation to Jewish law." -- David Goodblatt , collage of Maryland in school Park
"A dwelling Tree is, in our opinion, from either a pedagogical and a scholarly standpoint, the best publication of its sort to be had this present day. the original beneficial properties of this e-book make it a priceless contribution to the scholarship of the sphere. certainly, in lots of methods, we might count on that this e-book turns into the normal English paintings on Jewish law." -- Rabbi David Saperstein and Sherman L. Cohn, Georgetown college legislations middle
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22: I in some editions. , under a wall for housebreakingl, and he is beaten to death, there is no bloodguilt in his case. -He must make restitution; if he lacks the means, he shall be sold for his theft. 131 But if what he stole-whether ox or ass or sheep-is found alive in his possession, he shall pay double. 14J When a man lets his livestock loose to graze in another's land, and so allows a field or a vineyard to be grazed bare, he must make restitution according to the top yield from that field or vineyard.
1161 On the third day, as morning dawned, there was thunder, and lightning, and a dense cloud upon the mountain, and a very loud blast of the horn; and all the people who were in the camp trembled. 1171 Moses led the people out of the camp toward God, and they took their places at the foot of the mountain. 1181 Now Mount Sinai was all in smokc, for the LORD had come down upon it in fire; the smoke rose likc the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain Isome Hebrew manuscripts and the Greek, "all the people"l trembled violently.
1141 Three times a year you shall hold a festival for Me: 1151 You shall ohserve the Feast of Unleavened Bread-eating unleavened bread for seven days as I have commanded you-at the set time in the month of Abib, for in it you went forth from Egypt; and none shall appear before Me empty-handed; 1161 and the Feast of the Harvest, of the first fruits of your work, of what you sow in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the yeM, when you gather in the results of your work from the field.
A Living Tree: The Roots and Growth of Jewish Law by Elliot N. Dorff