Halakhic Pluralism: Reexamining a Core Conservative Commitment

Date: Nov 06, 2018 - Nov 06, 2018

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning | Online Learning for Clergy

Location: Online

Category: Clergy: Continuing Ed Online Learning


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

Conservative Judaism has long been committed to halakhic pluralism: the notion that conflicting legal opinions can be simultaneously valid. But what do rabbinic sources actually say and imply about this idea? And are there any limits to its scope? Together we will examine the key texts about halakhic pluralism in order to arrive at a more sophisticated understanding of this crucial concept.  

Three Tuesdays
November 6, 13, 20, 2018
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


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. The yeshiva, founded and maintained by United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, is under the academic auspices of JTS. In addition to his teaching post, Rabbi Roth has held four key administrative positions at JTS, serving as dean of students of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies (then called Seminary College), director of the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, and associate dean and dean of The Rabbinical School.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

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