Halakhah in the Modern World (Part 2)

Dr. Zvi Zohar

Zvi Zohar is one of the world's foremost scholars of Jewish Law in the modern world. He has spent decades studying the ways in which Rabbis in the Sephardic world have responded to new challenges and possibilities in the modern world, and has particularly explored the work of major figures whose understanding of Halakhah has been marked by remarkable openness, dynamism, and creativity;as one twentieth century figure famously put it, "There is nothing in the world more flexible than the Halakhah." In this lecture, Professor Zohar will share the fruits of his research, and discuss what contemporary Jews can learn from the too often neglected work of Rabbinic sages from Arab lands.