Joseph Karo and Shaping of Modern Jewish Law

The Early Modern Ottoman and Global Settings

Joseph Karo and Shaping of Modern Jewish Law
Roni Weinstein
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The double codes of law composed by R. Joseph Karo during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries mark a watershed in the history of Jewish Halakhah [law]. No further legal project was suggested in later generations. The books suggest a new reading beyond the aspects of positive law. R. Karo continued centuries-long traditions of Jewish erudition, in tandem with responding to global changes in history of law and legality both in Europe, and mainly in the Ottoman Empire. It is a global reading of Jewish Halakhah and modernization of Jewish culture in general.
Roni Weinstein teaches at the Hebrew University, Foreign Students Program.