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Beyond the Janus Face of Zionist Legalism: The Theo-Political Conditions of the Jewish Law Project

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What are the assumptions that underline the Jewish Law Project? To what extent is this project relates to Zionism as a political program and national vision? Does the secular version of this project and the religious one have anything in common? I argue that aside from the ideological lines that guide the Jewish Law Project, within it rests a reductionist and utopianist stance vis-à-vis halakhah which are considered to be obvious. I shall attempt to claim that reductionism and utopianism as tacit assumptions, which are neither explicit nor declared by the carriers of the Jewish Law Project, are definitely not trivial. Then, by detrivializing these two assumptions I will suggest viewing the halakhic-legal relations defined by the Jewish Law Project through these same parameters—the reductionism of the halakhah and its utopian approach.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Department of Jewish Thought, Israel

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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