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Chaim Saiman

Chaim Saiman
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Chaim Saiman, a Lehrhaus Consulting Editor, is a Professor and Chair in Jewish Law at Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law where he teaches Jewish law, contracts, and insurance. He has served as the Gruss Professor of Jewish Law at both Harvard and U. Penn’s law schools and as fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. His book, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law was published by Princeton in 2018.

The Inverted Halakhah of Simhat Torah

Chaim Saiman comments on the nature of Simhat Torah.

The Opaque Ceiling Hovering Over Women’s Torah Study: A Reply to Judah Goldberg

Chaim Saiman responds to Rabbi Judah Goldberg on why women's advanced Talmud classes haven't advanced.

How Halakhah Changes: From Nahem to the “Tisha be-Av Kumzitz”

Chaim Saiman on halakhic change and the observance of Tisha Be-Av.

The Nature of Halakhic Civil Law

Chaim Saiman analyzes how the Torah's two introductions to the revelation at Sinai correspond to two perspectives on the nature of halakhic civil law.

Our Current Political Station: Might this be Modern Orthodoxy’s Moment?

Chaim Saiman suggests that, in the midst of a political transition, we may be on the brink of a "Modern Orthodox Moment."

The Market for Gedolim: A Tale of Supply and Demand

Chaim Saiman explains how the demand threshold for gedolim may explain fault lines in the broader Orthodox community.

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