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Of nighttime thieves, standing your ground, and the castle doctrine: Contrasting perspectives on the use of deadly force in American and Jewish law



Miriam Gedwiser / May 21, 2014

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The use of deadly force in defense of self and property has become a topic of popular debate. What does the Talmudic legal system justify in a comparable case?

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Miriam Gedwiser

Miriam Gedwiser is a faculty member at Drisha and teaches Talmud and Tanakh at the Ramaz Upper School. She has a B.A. in the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law. Miriam studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and in the Drisha Scholar’s circle. She previously practiced commercial litigation at a large law firm and clerked for the Hon. Debra Freeman, U.S.M.J., in Manhattan. Miriam serves as a guest lecturer at synagogues and programs around the Northeast, and has written on topics of Jewish and Torah interest for The Lehrhaus, The Forward, the Center for Modern Torah Leadership blog, and Project 929. Miriam lives Teaneck, New Jersey with her family.


 

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