William Friedman

William Friedman

Jewish History and Culture
Subfield: Legal Theory and Jewish Law
Ph.D. candidate
William Friedman

As I immersed myself in Judaism and Jewish learning, I quickly recognized the centrality of Jewish law to all forms of Jewish identity. I found myself drawn to Jewish legal texts, and as I did so, realized the fruitfulness of applying contemporary thinking on law to those texts, and to seeing wisdom in those texts that can substantively inform contemporary societal and legal debates (e.g., originalist vs. pragmatist debates over legal interpretation).