Volume 16 of The Jewish Law Annual adds to the growing list of articles on Jewish Law that have been published in volumes 1-15 of this series, providing English-speaking readers with scholarly material meeting the highest academic standards. The volume contains seven articles diverse in their scope and focus, encompassing legal, historic, textual, comparitive and conceptual analysis, as well as a chronicle of cases of interest, and a survey of recent literature. Three of the articles, one of which explores references to Genesis in (western) canon law, make up a special section on the book of Genesis. The other topics covered are: suicide as an act of atonement in Jewish law; early interpretations of the Bible and Talmud as reflecting medieval legal realia; Ashkenazic codifiers in Spain; and authority, custom and innovation in the seventeenth-century Italian halakhic encyclopedia, Pahad Yitzhak.
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part PART ONE chapter Judah GALINSKY, Ashkenazim in Sefarad: The Rosh and the Tur on the Codification of Jewish Law chapter Ron S. KLEINMAN, Early Interpretations of the Bible and Talmud as a Reflection of Medieval Legal Realia chapter Yechezkel LICHTENSHTEIN, Suicide as an Act of Atonement in Jewish Law chapter David MALKIEL, The Burden of the Past in the Eighteenth Century: Authority, Custom and Innovation in the Pahad Yitzhak part PART TWO: CONFERENCE PAPERS chapter Hanina BEN-MENAHEM, Some Introductory Remarks on Genesis Rabbah and the Law chapter Charles DONAHUE, Jr., Genesis in Western Canon Law chapter Timothy D. LYTTON, Due Process and Legal Authority in the Garden of Eden: Jurisprudence in Aggadic Midrash part PART THREE: CHRONICLE chapter A TALE OF TWO CULTURES: CONSPICUOUS RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF FRANCE AND THE UNITED STATES chapter Daniel B. SINCLAIR, Jewish Law in the State of Israel part PART FOUR: SURVEY OF RECENT LITERATURE chapter SURVEY OF RECENT LITERATURE chapter STYLE SHEET.