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The Laws of Kashrut and Jewish-Gentile Relations

Dr. Shana Strauch Schick / October 12, 2020

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In this 6 part course, we will look at the laws of Kashrut pertaining to the preparation of food by non-Jews. Although modern kashrut supervision makes many of these laws invisible to us, they have profoundly shaped the Jewish cultural experience. We will examine the sources and practical halakhah on the issues pertaining to baked goods, cooked foods, wine, and dairy products produced or prepared by non-Jews and how changing contexts have affected the applications of these laws.

Topics to be covered:
  • The prohibition¬†of Bishul Akum- food cooked by a non-Jew, including the reasons for the prohibition and what is included in it.
  • The leniencies introduced in dealing with the prohibition of Bishul Akum by the Rishonim in light of the realities of Medieval domestic life.
  • The prohibition of eating bread baked by a non-Jew, the reason for the prohibition, whether it is distinct from Bishul Akum, and again the leniencies introduced.
  • The discussion of dairy produced by a non-Jew and R' Moshe's widely adopted leniency in light of government¬†oversight of the American dairy industry


Posted: 10/12/2020

Posted: 10/19/2020

Posted: 10/26/2020

Posted: 11/02/2020

Posted: 11/09/2020

Posted: 11/16/2020

Source Sheets

  Session 1 Posted: 10/12/2020
  Session 2 Posted: 10/19/2020
  Session 3 Posted: 10/26/2020
  Session 4 Posted: 11/02/2020
  Session 5 Posted: 11/09/2020
  Session 6 Posted: 11/16/2020

Dr. Shana Strauch Schick

Shana Strauch Schick is a fellow of the Center for Israel Studies at Yeshiva University and teaches Talmud and Halakha in Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalim and Matan in Israel and in the Drisha Summer Kollel. In 2011, she became the first woman to be awarded a PhD in Talmudic Literature from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University where she also completed an MA in Bible. She studied in the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud at Stern College and has held Postdoctoral Fellowships at Bar Ilan and Haifa University. Her upcoming book Between Thought and Deed: Intention in Talmudic Jurisprudence examines the role of intentionality in the development of Talmudic law and is being published by Brill.


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