Is a Civil Marriage a Jewish Marriage?

Date: Nov 30, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017

Time: noon - 1 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Clergy: Continuing Ed Online Learning


This class is geared towards rabbis and others with advanced text skills. Materials will be studied in the original rabbinic Hebrew.

Can a marriage that was entered into without any religious ceremony ever be considered a binding halakhic marriage? If so, why? And if not, what halakhic categories might apply to a civil marriage? Does the same rule always apply, or does it depend on circumstances and the individuals involved? While investigating these questions through an analysis of three twentieth century teshuvot, we will discuss what constitutes the essence of a halakhic marriage.

Three Thursdays
November 30 and December 7 and 14, 2017
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Rabbi Joel Roth is Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Roth also serves as rosh yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. An expert in halakhah, Dr. Roth was appointed to the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards in 1978 and served on it until December 2006, including a period of eight years as chairman. In addition to articles and responsa for the committee, Rabbi Roth has written The Halakhic Process: A Systemic Analysis and Sefer ha-Mordecai: Tractate Kiddushin.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.