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Imprisonment for Debt in Jewish and Israeli Law

Imprisonment for Debt in Jewish and Israeli Law

Imprisonment for Debt in Israeli Law Debtor’s prison has a long – but not proud – history in many of the world’s legal systems, including Israel’s.  During the 1970’s and 1980’s, for example, some 500,000 letters were sent threatening prison to those who could not pay their debts, and some 20,000-40,000 people actually served time in prison for their inability,…

DNA Testing in Jewish and Israeli Law

DNA Testing in Jewish and Israeli Law

By the early 1990’s, the admissibility of DNA evidence in both criminal and civil matters was widely accepted throughout the United States.  In a 1990 study, for example, it was revealed that DNA evidence had been introduced in at least 185 criminal cases by 38 states, and in only one case — People v. Castro, 1989 – was “the evidence…

Defamation in Jewish and Israeli Law

Defamation in Jewish and Israeli Law

One interesting distinction between Israeli and American law connected to Jewish Law arises in the field of defamation.  US law, of course, tends to favor the defendant, the entity whose statements allegedly cause damage to the plaintiff.  With the guiding principle here the First Amendment and its concerns for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the Supreme Court…

Confessions in Jewish and Israeli Law

Confessions in Jewish and Israeli Law

Admissibility of Confessions In June of this year the Supreme Court threw out a confession given by a teenage accomplice accused of involvement in the deadly 2015 firebombing of a Palestinian home in the town of Duma; the reason behind the ruling was due to the fact that the confession had been determined to have been offered under duress.  In…

Give a Little Bit …

Give a Little Bit …

One doesn’t usually think of the rock group Supertramp when studying Mishna … but maybe we should.  Towards that end, maybe you’d like to play this song in the background as you read the below post. The Mishna in question is the very first to appear in the Tractate of Shabbat, while the topic in question is the halacha relating to carrying…

In Memory of Martin K. Pear, משה בן שמואל ז”ל

Marty was born on July 16, 1941, in Middletown, Connecticut, to Samuel and Bertha (Dworski) Pear. He received his bachelor’s from Bethany College in West Virginia and worked in social services in the Jewish community for three decades. On Oct. 4, 1964, he married Beverly Krimsky and they remained true partners in life for 54 years. They raised, inspired and earned…

Spiritual Diplomacy

Shir Hadash started these efforts after learning that many political groups visiting Israel take Shabbat “off” during their visits here since Israeli government offices are closed. Many such groups either scheduled their return home over Shabbat, or feeling there was nothing to see or no Israeli to talk with, spent this time hearing the Palestinian narrative. “We have always felt…

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