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Vayera -The Ethical Message of Halacha Rabbi David Golinkin

Should Halachic rulings take human suffering into account?

Rabbi Professor David Golinkin explores the innate ethical message of Halacha, and asks: should commandments related to one’s interaction with God take precedence over commandments related to interpersonal relations?

The answer to this question holds potential to dramatically impact lives, as it indeed does in today’s Israel.

Watch the video below:


David Golinkin is President of The Schechter Institutes, Inc. and President Emeritus of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. For twenty years he served as Chair of the Va’ad Halakhah (Law Committee) of the Rabbinical Assembly which gives halakhic guidance to the Masorti Movement in Israel. He is the founder and director of the Institute of Applied Halakhah at Schechter and also directs the Center for Women in Jewish Law. Rabbi Professor Golinkin made aliyah in 1972, earning a BA in Jewish History and two teaching certificates from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received an MA in Rabbinics and a PhD in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he was also ordained as Rabbi. For a complete bio click here.

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