Category Archives: Random Acts of Scholarship

In hopes of being a once and future academic.

Eretz Yisrael / The Land of Israel In Rabbinic Thought

In a special class in honor of Yom Haatzmaut, Rabbi Yuter explores Rabbinic perspectives regarding the land of Israel, including those from Babylonian sources.

Eretz Yisrael in Rabbinic Thought Sources (PDF)

Eretz Yisrael in Rabbinic Thought

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Episode 26 – Politics of Exclusion: The Birth of Conservative Judaism

Based on the scholarship of noted historians, Rabbi Josh Yuter offers a unique narrative for the origins of Conservative Judaism.

Birth of Conservative Judaism Sources (PDF)

Politics of Exclusion – Birth of Conservative Judaism

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Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law Class Series

In the Spring Semester of 2011 I had the honor of addressing the NYU Jewish Law Students Association for a weekly series covering Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law. Below are the links to the specific lectures in the order given with audio and PDF source sheets available. As always, comments are welcome. If there is interest in me delivering any of these lectures or the entire series in person, please contact me directly.

  1. Free Market Ethics in Torah
  2. Halakhic Market Controls
  3. Halakhic Labor Laws
  4. Social Welfare Programs
  5. Taxes and Tzedakah (Charity)
  6. The Laws and Ethics of Universal Health Care in Torah
  7. Tikkun Olam
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Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law Part 7: Tikkun Olam

The rabbinic idiom “Tikun Olam” literally means “repairing/fixing the world” and has been invoked to promote advocacy for numerous causes and policies. But what did “Tikun Olam” mean to those who coined the phrase? In the final installment of his Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law series, Rabbi Yuter explores the specific instances of Tikkun Olam to extrapolate and infer the ideal social system as understood by the Rabbinic Sages.

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law – Tikkun Olam Sources (PDF)

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law – Tikkun Olam

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Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law Part 6: The Laws and Ethics of Universal Health Care in Torah

While the current iteration and recording of the Economics and Social Justice series is being delivered to the Jewish Law Students Association at NYU, I thought I gave a better presentation of the material in 2009. However, to complete the series, I’m reposting the audio along with the sources.

Enjoy!

Economics and Social Justice in Judaism Part 6 – The Halakhot and Ethics of Universal Health Care in Torah Sources (PDF)

Economics and Social Justice in Judaism Part 6 – The Halakhot and Ethics of Universal Health Care in Torah

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Episode 26 – Politics of Exclusion: R. Jacob Ettlinger and Hierarchical Judaism

Rabbi Yuter’s Politics of Exclusion class wraps up the segment on Germany with R. Jacob Ettlinger and the emergence of “Hierarchical Judaism.”

Politics of Exclusion – R. Jacob Ettlinger and Hierarchical Judaism Sources (PDF)

Politics of Exclusion – R. Jacob Ettlinger and Hierarchical Judaism

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Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law Part 5: Taxes and Tzedakah (Charity)

In the fifth installment of his Economics and Social Justice series, Rabbi Yuter explores the relationship between Taxes and Tzedakah (Charity) in Jewish Law and the halakhic implications of one’s perspective.

Econ and Soc Justice in Jewish Law Part 5: Taxes and Tzedakah Sources (PDF)

Economics and Social Justice Part 5 – Taxes and Tzedakah (Charity)

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Episode 25 – Politics of Exclusion: R. Akiva Eger

Rabbi Yuter’s Politics of Exclusion series continues by contrasting R. Akiva Eger’s positions regarding exclusion non-observant Jews with those of his son-in-law, the Hatam Sofer.

Politics of Exclusion – R. Akiva Eger Sources (PDF)

Politics of Exclusion – R. Akiva Eger

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Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law Part 4: Social Welfare Programs

In the fourth installment of his Economics and Social Justice series, Rabbi Yuter discusses the concept of charity / tzedakah in Judaism from a holistic perspective, exploring the parameters of charity in creating a just social order.

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law – Social Welfare Programs Sources (PDF)

Economics and Social Justice in Jewish Law – Social Welfare Programs

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Episode 24 – Politics of Exclusion: Hatam Sofer

Rabbi Yuter’s Politics of Exclusion series continues with an exploration of Hatam Sofer surprisingly nuanced approach to Judaism’s perceived threats.

Politics of Exclusion – Hatam Sofer Sources (PDF)

Politics of Exclusion – Hatam Sofer

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