9780415278898

Disability in Jewish Law

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415278898

  • ISBN10:

    0415278899

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-03-08
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Tzvi C. Marx answers the pressing need for insight into the position of Jewish law with respect to the rights and status of those with physical impairments, and the corresponding duties of the non-disabled.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Dedication xii
Introduction
1(20)
Halakha and disability: an overview
1(2)
Disability
3(5)
Method
8(6)
Disability as reflected in the tradition
14(5)
Confronting the dissonance
19(2)
Moral imperatives governing disability
21(27)
The human essence
21(7)
Obligation as conferring dignity
28(13)
Responsibility and interdependence
41(7)
Extra-halakhic sources: biblical narratives and Rabbinic Aggada
48(21)
Disability as perennial
49(4)
Rejection, acceptance and ambivalence
53(7)
Theology of disability
60(5)
Morale and hope
65(4)
Guidelines from charity
69(11)
Theology: Imitatio Dei - emulating God in morality
71(1)
Donor issues
72(3)
Recipient issues
75(2)
Aid
77(3)
Laws on relating to the disabled
80(16)
Overcoming estrangement
80(4)
Limits of caring for incapacitated relatives
84(2)
The role of liturgy
86(5)
Identification with the disabled
91(5)
Categories of disability
96(32)
Blindness
96(11)
Mental dysfunction
107(7)
Deafness / muteness prior to the nineteenth century
114(5)
Contemporary deafness / muteness
119(8)
Conclusion
127(1)
Elemental dignity
128(32)
Disability and the law of torts
128(6)
Fulfilment of the obligation to procreate
134(3)
Violating the Sabbath for the disabled
137(5)
The obligation to educate
142(9)
Sources that seem dismissive of the disabled
151(7)
Concluding comments
158(2)
Observances related to liturgy
160(29)
Liturgy concerning physical and existential states
161(8)
Synagogue observances
169(14)
Rituals performed in the home
183(4)
Final remarks
187(2)
Non-verbal observances
189(27)
Non-verbal precepts of contemporary relevance
189(8)
Precepts related to the land and the Temple service
197(17)
Final remarks
214(2)
Preparatory observances and technological aids
216(17)
Preparatory activities
217(9)
Speech, hearing, and mobility aids
226(6)
Final remarks
232(1)
Conclusion
233(17)
Dialectical tendencies
235(1)
Relationship of Jewish law on disability to scientific advances
236(2)
Halakhic self-critique
238(4)
The dignity of obligation
242(2)
Fathoming the dissonance
244(1)
Tikun olam
245(3)
Concluding remark
248(2)
Bibliography 250(5)
Index 255

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