Suzanne Stone, Visiting Gruss Professor of Talmudic Law, discussed the separation of religion and state through the prism of Jewish law during the Caroline Zelaznik and Joseph S. Gruss Lectures last October.
In examining the issue, Professor Stone used the writings of four Jewish jurists and thinkers from the advent of Zionism at the turn of the 20th century. In particular, Stone explored each writer’s position on the authority within Halakah for a government to diverge from religious law. Halakha refers to the body of rabbinical legal texts.
Stone is a professor of law and director of Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo School of Law. She also teaches Jewish Law at Princeton University, and is the co-editor-in-chief of Diné Israel, a peer review Journal of Jewish Law, co-edited with Tel Aviv Law School.