Escaping Binary Thinking: Loopholes, Workarounds, and Flexibility

A deep dive into the theological, social, and legal logic and meaning behind the rabbinic phenomenon of legal loopholes.
Elana Stein Hain, Jonathan Gould, Ethan Tucker
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty and consults on the content of lay and professional programs. A widely well-regarded thinker and teacher, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she hosts TEXTing, a bi-weekly podcast that considers issues relevant to Jewish life through the lens

Jonathan Gould

Ethan Tucker

Our cultural discourse is often stuck in binary thinking, zero sum games, and mutually exclusive positions. What can loopholes in Rabbinic law and workarounds in American law teach us about holding multiple values and flexible thinking, at a time when the opposite is so in vogue?

Elana Stein Hain discusses with Jonathan Gould, Assistant Professor, U. C. Berkeley Law, and Ethan Tucker, President and Rosh Yeshiva, Hadar Institute, at this book launch and celebration of Elana’s new book, Circumventing the Law: Rabbinic Perspectives on Loopholes and Legal Integrity.

This event took place on April 15, 2024.

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