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Martin J. Hertz Lecture in Jewish Law and Culture - How Concepts of Jewish Peoplehood Inform Legal Rulings, April 16, 2013
Rabbi Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) talked about how the disputes surronding the nature of conversion to Judaism are at the center of some of the most contentious legal debates taking place in modern Jewish jurisprudence. Ellenson presented and analyzed diverse rulings issued by Orthodox rabbis on matters related to conversion, showing that these decisions do not simply present Jewish legal judgment in an instant case. Rather, these holdings are policy stances that rabbis are advancing in order to define membership in the Jewish people in an era where intermarriage is common and where the borders of the Jewish community are often porous and indeterminate.
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WOLFF LECTURE - Between Validity and Truth Falls the Shadow: Law-talk and God-talk in Judaism, January 14, 2013
Rabbi Tucker has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY since 1994.  He was a member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly for 25 years.  He is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and previously served for eight years as Dean of the Seminary's Rabbinical School.
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WOLFF LECTURE - Scientific Progress, Religious Values and Legislative Wisdom: Brain Death in Jewish and Israeli Law, February 02, 2012
This talk tried to provide the answers to some questions, like: "How did the great medieval titans of Jewish law, many of whom were physicians, harmonize medical science and faith? What effect, if any, did their scientific rationalism have upon their legal reasoning? How does modern Jewish law confront the controversial issue of brain death?", and to suggest ways of crafting appropriate legislation on brain death in a scientifically sophisticated and liberal society.

WOLFF LECTURE - Autonomy and Morality in the Treatment of the Dying: An innovative Approach in Jewish Law, January 31, 2011
Daniel Sinclair, Visiting Professor of Law and the John Wolff and Nancy Eppler-Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law, Fordham Law School; CMAS Law School, Israel

Two-day Conference - Jewish Family Law, the Agunah, and General Issues in Jewish Law, February 7-8, 2010
The Institute collaborated with Professor Daniel Sinclair and the Jewish Law Association  for a conference on Agunah (Chained Wife) to explore the problem of when a Jewish woman is unable to re-marry because her husband will not grant her a get (divorce).  Internationally renowned scholar Bernard Jackson presented the published results of recent pathbreaking studies on this issue and the novel solutions proposed by a team of international experts in this field.
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WOLFF LECTURE - Jewish Law and State Law: Some Comparative Perspectives from England, February 8, 2010
Prof. Bernard Jackson, Professor of Law and Jewish Studies at Liverpool Hope University
Prof. Daniel Sinclair-chair

WOLFF LECTURE - The Legal Construction of Religious Identity in a Pluralist Age: Israel's Conversion Crisis, February 2009
Daniel Sinclair, Visiting Professor of Law and the John Wolff and Nancy Eppler-Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law, Fordham Law School; CMAS Law School, Israel

WOLFF LECTURE - The Ideology and Practice of War in Modern Jewish Law, January 2008
Professor Daniel Sinclair, Professor of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law at the Law School of the College of Management Academic Studies, Israel.

Severing the Joined Twins in Jewish Law, June 2007
Professor Arnold Enker, Professor of Law and Founding Dean of the Yaacov Herzog Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University.

WOLFF LECTURE -Natural Law and the Jewish Tradition
Professor Daniel Sinclair, Professor of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law at the Law School of the College of Management Academic Studies, Rishon Lezion, Israel.

New Anti-Money Laundering Laws in Israel: tracing the Paths of Terrorism, Drugs and White-Collar Crime
Professor Kenneth Mann, Tel Aviv University.

Tolerance in Jewish Law
Professor Suzanne Last Stone, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. (Co-sponsored by the National Association of Muslim Lawyers).

An Overview of Islamic Jurisprudence
Professor Moussa Abu Ramadan, Haifa University.

The Rise and Fall of the Modern Jewish Law Movement
Professor Assaf Likhofsky.

The History of the Holocaust Reparations
Professor Richard Buxbaum, University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

The Law of Marriage in the Bible
Professor Daniel Friedman, Visiting Professor, Fordham University, currently Minister of Justice, Israel.

Ethics of Warfare: Jewish Perspectives
Professor Michael Walzer, School of Social Science Institute for Advanced Study.
Rabbi David Bleich, Cardozo Law School.
Rabbi Saul Berman, adjunct Professor at Columbia University.