Shliach to Host Jewish Law Symposium

By reporter

13 years ago, Rabbi Shalom Lubin, shliach to Southeast Morris County, NJ, founded the Jewish Law Symposium, an annual conference to explore various contemporary issues through the lens of civil and talmudic law.

The Jewish Law Symposium is geared to attorneys throughout the State of New Jersey, with many prominent lawyers sitting on the advisory board and chairing the annual event.

Since its inception, the audience has grown significantly, with 900 judges and attorneys taking part last year.

“The laws and ethics of the Talmud have served as a cornerstone of humanity’s civil and moral infrastructure, while shaping its legal judicial systems,” explained Rabbi Lubin. “This program will compare and contrast legal reasoning and adaptation between Talmudic and American law, focusing particularly on scenarios when the civil legal system and religion collide, both in the public square and in the courtroom.”

This year’s symposium will be held at the Birchwood Manor in Hanover Township on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The event’s topic is “Ethical Lessons from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ — Persecution, Immigration, Tolerating Tradition.”

Justice Barry T. Albin of the New Jersey Supreme Court is the featured presenter. Rabbi Lubin will moderate a panel discussion featuring prominent legal personalities, among them Weisenthal Center scholar Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein.

“We hope to explore real life ethical and moral dilemmas … through the lens of the Talmud and 2,000 years of Jewish ethics and wisdom,” said Rabbi Lubin. “Persecution, immigration and our ability as a society to tolerate tradition are topics that are timelier than ever.”

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