Stephen M. Passamaneck z"l - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Stephen M. Passamaneck z"l, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Rabbinics and Liturgy
Research Interests: 
Law enforcement in Jewish sources; Administration of justice in Jewish sources

Rabbi Stephen M. Passamaneck, Ph.D., z"l, served as Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he taught Talmud and medieval Jewish legal material. Early in his career he wrote on maritime and insurance law in Jewish sources. He affiliated with law enforcement agencies as a chaplain in 1976 and wrote almost exclusively on law enforcement and administration of justice in Jewish sources. He was trained and sworn as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served as a line Reserve for eleven years. He served as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency. He was elected President of the Jewish Law Association and was an officer of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Jewish Law and Jewish Life with J Bazak, Union of American Hebrew Congregations (New York: 1977) -- a series of eight paperbound booklets (order online from

The Traditional Jewish Law of Sale, Hebrew Union College Press (Cincinnati: 1983)

An Introduction to the History and Sources of Jewish Law with N. Hecht, B. Jackson, D. Piattelli, M. Rabello, The Clarendon Press (Oxford: 1996). (order on-line from