New Law Enshrines Halacha

A revised draft of the proposed Nation State Bill which aims to give Israel a Jewish character would require courts to adjudicate “in light of the principles of halacha” in cases where there is no current law or legal precedent, Haaretz reported.

A basic law from 1980 requires judges to rely on “the principles from Jewish heritage of liberty, justice, fairness and peace” when existing law or case precedent are insufficient, but does not mention the word halacha.

In response to secular criticism, proponents of the bill said it would only promote “principles” and not actual details of halacha and it would be modified by Israel’s basic law,which stresses Israel’s character as a “Jewish and democratic” state.

{ Israel News Bureau}

via – The Online Voice of Torah Jewry

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