Walter Jacob's new work, in association with Moshe Zemer, Napoleon's Influence On Jewish Law: The Sanhedrin of 1807 and Its Modern Consequences includes essays by HUC-JIR's Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of the College-Institute, and Rabbi Mark Washofsky, Ph.D., Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
Rabbi Ellenson writes on "Creative Misreadings" in Representative Post-Emancipation Halakhic Writings on Conversion and Intermarriage and Rabbi Washofsky writes on Narratives of Enlightenment On the Use of the "Captive Infant" Story by Recent Halakhic Authorities.
The work is produced by the Solomon B. Freehof Institute of Progressive Halakhah and published by Rodef Shalom Press.
Dr. David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and I.H. and Anna Grancell Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, is a distinguished rabbi, scholar, and leader of the Reform Movement. He is internationally recognized for his publications and research in the areas of Jewish religious thought, ethics, and modern Jewish history. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1981 and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1977. He is a Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and a Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ellenson's extensive publications include Tradition in Transition: Orthodoxy, Halakhah and the Boundaries of Modern Jewish History(1989), Rabbi Esriel Hildesheimer and the Creation of a Modern Jewish Orthodoxy(1990) (nominated for the National Jewish Book Council's award for outstanding book in Jewish History, 1990), and Between Tradition and Culture: The Dialectics of Jewish Religion and Identity in the Modern World (1994). His latest book, After Emancipation: Jewish Religious Responses to Modernity, a compilation of essays on Jewish values and identity, the challenge of emancipation, denominational responses, modern responsa, and contemporary works of legal and liturgical creativity, was published by Hebrew Union College Press in 2004.
Rabbi Mark E. Washofsky, Ph.D. is the Solomon B. Freehof Professor of Jewish Law and Practice at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. Dr. Washofsky has been a member of the HUC-JIR faculty since 1985, most recently serving as Professor of Rabbinics, and specializes in the literature of the Talmud and Jewish law. He received his rabbinical ordination (1980) and Ph.D. (1987) from HUC-JIR. He succeeds his teacher and mentor, Dr. Ben Zion Wacholder, as holder of the Freehof Chair on July 1, 2006.
Dr. Washofsky chairs the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. His extensive publications include Jewish Living and Practice (URJ Press, 2000), Teshuvot for the Nineties (with W. Gunther Plaut, CCAR, 1997), and essays and articles on Reform rabbinic responsa, Jewish bioethics, outreach and conversion, prayer in the vernacular, abortion, medieval and liberal Halakhah, the right to die, and AIDS and ethical responsibility, among others.