Conference: "The Jewish Family"


Welcoming Remarks (8:30am)

  • Harry Fox

Philosophical and Theological Perspectives (8:45am–10:30am)

  • Harry Fox: When the Perfect Divine Law Meets the Imperfect Jewish Family
  • Shlomo Zuckier: The Conceptual Development of the "Convert as Newborn" in Rabbinic Literature
  • Miryam Segal: Father and Daughter in the Biblical and Rabbinic Laws of Vows

Talmudic Law (10:45am–12:30pm)

  • Marinka Yossiffon: "Your Silence is more Prudent": The Perverse Consequences for Women Attempting to Exercise their Legal Rights
  • Chaim Saiman: Halakhah, Aggadah and the Rule of Recognition: A Case Study in the Laws of Gender Relations
  • Norma Baumel Joseph: Hair Coverings: A Sign of Marriage or Humility?

Lunch (12:30pm–1:30pm)

  • Remarks by Yedida Eisenstat

Jewish Law and State Law (1:30pm–2:40pm)

  • Tirzah Meacham: The Age of Marriage in Jewish Law—Conflicts between Halakhah and Civil Law
  • Lisa Fishbayn Joffe: The Impact of Sharia and Foreign Law Bans on the Struggle for Women’s Equality
  • Under Jewish Family Law: A U.S. Perspective

Gittin and Divorce in the Contemporary Period (2:45pm-3:55pm)

  • Yael Machtinger: Social Norms and Socio-Legal Reforms: Exploring Storytelling and Legal Pluralism as Remedies for Get Refusal
  • Michael Broyde: Agunah Prenups Revisited in 2015: A Tentative Response to R. Moshe Sternbuch's Critique of the Beth Din of America's Prenup

Closing Remarks (4:00pm)

  • Phil Lieberman

Presented by the Jewish Law Association and co-presented by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, the Faculty of Law, and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at University of Toronto, and the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University.

Date & Time
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 8:30am - 4:00pm

Bancroft Hall, Room 200B, 4 Bancroft Avenue