"Responsa of the State of Israel"
Topic: "Israel's first Sephardic Chief Rabbi on Conversion, Intermarriage, and Karaites"
This class will explore Halakhic Literature relating to the founding of the State of Israel and the attempt of Israelis to harmonize Halakha and a modern state. Topics will include:
· Should Israel have a separation of religion and state?
· How should a religious Israeli Police Officer behave on Shabbat?
· How should a soldier keep Shabbat and kashrut during time of war?
· What is the halakhic status of Israel's non-Jewish minorities?
In addition to learning the Halakhic material, we will also explore the biographies and contributions of some of the Great Torah Scholars (including a number of Chief Rabbis) who participated in this discourse.