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Shir Hadash’s membership drive for 5780 / 2019-2020 has begun.  And joining us has never been easier.  Simply fill out this form and then make a payment of your choosing (the suggested range is 500 – 2000 NIS).  And that’s it!   Membership benefits include seating for the Yamim Noraim, discounts on facility rentals in our new building and the opportunity…

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…

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