Judaic Law

Benny Porat

Prof. Benny Porat

Vice Dean
Associate Professor
Director of the Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law
Joseph (J.T.) Tanenbaum Chair in Jewish Law
972-2-5882478
Vice Dean

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Education

1999 B.A. (cum laude), The Faculty of Humanities, The Open University of Israel
 
2002 M.A. (cum laude), The Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University
 
2009 LL.D. (summa cum laude), Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
 
2010 Halbert Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

 

Representative publications

'Ownership and Exclusivity: Two Visions, Two Traditions', 64 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW, 147-190 (2016)
 
'Good Faith: A Conceptual Comparative Study', 45 MISHPATIM 603-651 (2016)
 
'The Philosophy of Jewish Law: A Methodological Reflection', 30 DIN? ISRAEL 179-213 (2015) 
 
'Lethal Self Defense against a Rapist and the Challenge of Proportionality: Jewish Law Perspective', 26 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER AND LAW 123- 181 (2013) 

  

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Prof. Hanina Ben-Menahem

Prof. Hanina Ben-Menahem

Montesquieu Chair in Labor Law
02-5882556

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Hanina Ben-Menahem completed his law studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,receiving his license to practice law in 1970. In 1978 he completed a doctorate at Oxford University and began to teach at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University. He went on to serve as a guest professor at several academic institutions around the world, including Stanford and Harvard. Ben-Menahem founded the law and theater workshop at the Faculty,in which students stage plays on issues of legal relevance. Ben-Menahem’s fields of research are: Talmudic law, the philosophy of Jewish law, Maimonides’ legal thought, the writings of Nietzsche, and law and theater. Ben-Menahem has published numerous books and articles. He is a leading critic of the dominant positivist approach in Jewish law. 

 

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David Flatto

Prof. David Flatto

Faculty of Law and Department of Jewish Philosophy
02-5881172

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Education

BA, Ordination, Yeshiva University

JD, Columbia Law School

Phd with distinction, Harvard University

 

Representative Publications

“Constructing Justice: The Selective Use of Scripture in Formulating Early Jewish Accounts of the Courts,” Harvard Theological Review (forthcoming)

 “Mishnah Makkot,” in The New Oxford Mishnah (eds. S. Cohen and H. Lapin, Oxford University Press)(forthcoming)

“Justice Retold: The Seminal Narrations of the Trial of the Judean King,” Journal of Law and Religion (Cambridge University Press) 30:1, 2015, pp. 3-35

“A Review Essay of Michael Walzer, In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible,” Association of Jewish Studies Review (Cambridge University Press) 38:1, 2014, pp. 161-167

“Theocracy and the Rule of Law: A Novel Josephan Doctrine and its Modern Misconceptions,” Dine Israel 28 (2011), pp. 5-30

“The King and I: The Separation of Powers in Early Hebraic Political Theory,” Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 20:1, 2008, pp. 61-110

 

 

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Prof. Gideon Libson

Prof. Gideon Libson

Frieda and Solomon B. Rosenzweig Chair in Law
02-5882568

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Gideon Libson completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law at the Faculty of Law in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1980 he also completed doctorate studies magna cum laude. Libson joined the Faculty of Law in 1983, heading the Frieda and Shlomo B. Rosenzweig Chair. Over the years he has served in many academic functions, including director of the Faculty’s Institute for the Study of Jewish Law. Libson’s fields of research are Jewish law and Islamic law from a comparative perspective.His extensive writings have won him many awards, including the Herzog Prize for Jewish Law, the Warburg Prize, a Lady Davis scholarship, and the Goitein Prize for Geniza Studies. 

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Berachyahu Lifshitz

Prof. Berachyahu Lifshitz

Henry J. and Fannie Harkavy chair in comparative law
02-5882524

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Higher Education


1965-1970 Yeshivah, “Kerem B’Yavneh”
1970-1974 LL.B. (with distinction), Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1974-1975 Clerkship, The Supreme Court of Israel (Judge I. Kister) and the District Attorney of Jerusalem (M. Kirsch)
1975 - Member of the Israeli Bar Association
1977 M.A. (with distinction), Talmud, The Hebrew University (Topic: Third Chapter of Tractate Ketubot [BT], Text and Exegsis. Supervisor: Prof. E. Sh. Rosenthal)
1979 Dr. Juris. (summa cum laude), Hebrew University. (Topic: One Does Not Receive Both the Death Penalty and Payment. (Supervisor: Prof. Menahem Elon).

Professional Activity

1971-1987 A member of the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1972-1979 Assistant teacher and Instructor, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1979-1983 Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1980-1981 Lecturer, the Department of Talmud, Hebrew University
1983-1988 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
1983-1984 Research Fellow, Harvard University
1984 Member of the Faculty Disciplinary Court, The Hebrew University
1986-2001 Member of the Acadmic commitee of the Institute for Research in J. Law
1989-1996 Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
1990-1996 Member of the Codification Committee, Ministry of Justice
1991-1993 Vice-Dean, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
1992-1996 Associate Professor, The College of Management
1994-1996 Dean, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University
1994 Member of the Committee on the Clerkship Problem in Israel
1995- The Harkavy Chair for Comparative Law
1994 - Member of the Academic Committee of The Jewish Law Association
1995-‏2001 Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, The Hebrew University
1995-2001 Member of the Academic Committee of the Silbert Institute, The Hebrew University
1996 Full Professor, The Hebrew University
1996- Academic Committee of the Center for Teaching Jewish Culture in the Diaspora
1996-2000 President (Hon.), The Jewish Law Association
1996-2000 President, Disciplinary Court, The Hebrew University
1996-1998 Chairman of the Board of Directors, The College of Law, Ramat Gan
1996-1999 Chairman of the Central Admission Committee of the Hebrew University
1997- Member of the Hon. Presidency of the Movement for the Quality of Government in Israel
1997- 2007 Professor, College of Law, Ramat-Gan
1998- Member of the Committees of Scientific Literature and Jewish Stusies, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem
1999- Member of the Curatorion, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem
1999 - Memoriak Foundation for Jewish Culture
2000 - 2001 Sabbatical year, Penn U., The Center for Jewish Studies
2001-2004 Director, the Institute for Research in Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2001- Member of the Academic Council, Orot Israel College of Education
2001-2004 Person in charge of the prosecution of the academic staff, The Heb. U.
2002- Member of the Hight Committee of Appointments, The Hebrew University
2004- Member of the Senate, Hebrew University
2005- Member of Search Committee for Rector, Hebrew University
2005 - Member of the committee for the draft of a Constitution for the State of Israel, The Institute for Zionist Strategies, Jerusalem
2006 - 2007 Director, The Harry Sacher Institute
2007 - Professor, Sharei Mishpat College of Law
2007 - Member of the Accademic Committee of the World Congress of Jewish Studies
2007 - Member of the Committee of Appointments for tenure positions
2009 - Chairman of the Accademic Committee of The Harry Sacher Institue
2009 - Member of the Senate, Heb. U.
4.2011- Head, the Institute for Research in Jewish Law

Prizes

1973 The Webber Prize
1975 The Amitay Prize
1976 The Urbach Prize
1977 The Jacob Herzog Prize
1980 The Warburg Prize
1981 The Zilberg Prize
1983 The Shnarch Prize
1986 The Duchan Prize
1989 The Rosenthal Prize


Board of Editors

1971-1975 Mishpatim (1974-1976, Vice-Editor)
1979-1983 Deot
1982- Shenaton Ha Mishpat HaIvri (2001-2003 Editor-in-Chief; 2007-2009 Co-Editor)
1998- The Jewish Law Annual - Editor-in-Chief
2000-2004 Shanna be’ Shanna


PH.D. STUDENTS:

Dr. M. Vigoda
Dr. A.Radzyner
Dr. Y. Brand
Dr. Y. Cohen
Dr. Sh. Wosner
Dr. B. Cahana
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Y. Shapira
E. Zilberstein
Sh. Barash
B.Z. Grinberger
G. Edri
M. Dror


M.A. STUDENTS:

M. Vigoda; Sh. Wosner; Ch. Goldberg

 

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Prof. Pinhas Shifman

Prof. Pinhas Shifman

Jacob I. Berman Chair in Law

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Pinhas Shifman was born in Jerusalem in 1944. He completed his bachelor’s degree studies at the Hebrew University in 1967 and completed a master’s degree in 1969. In the years 1966-1967 Shifman served as an intern for Moshe Silberg, deputy president of the Supreme Court. He completed his doctorate studies at the Faculty of Law in 1972 and was appointed a lecturer in 1973 and a professor in 1989. After retiring from teaching at the Faculty, Prof. Shifman served as president of the Academic Center for Law and Business in Ramat Gan. Shifman is among the founders of the civil theory of family law in Israel, both in relations between partners and in the field of parent-child relations, including artificial reproductive techniques. In 2006 Science Minister Haim Ramon appointed Shifman head of a committee to examine alimony law in Israel. Shifman has written books and articles on issues relating to family and inheritance law, Jewish law, and interreligious law. His works are frequently quoted in Supreme Court rulings and have exerted a profound influence over the development of case law in various areas, such as in civil partnership arrangements. In 2013 the organization Mavoi Satum awarded Shifman a certificate of appreciation for his work on behalf of women denied a Jewish religious divorce by their husbands.

 

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