Jews Who Wield Secular Power
The Case of Kerovei Malkhut

Ethan Tucker

Throughout the ages, Jews wielding power in the larger society have faced a conflict: on the one hand, as Jews, they are bound to practices and communities that are highly specific. On the other hand, their ability to engage the broader society often demands "fitting in." What happens when Jews need to be able to blend in, particularly in order to access the benefits of power? We will explore the fascinating halakhic category of kerovei malkhut—Jews in proximity to political power—and the traditionally sanctioned leniencies for such individuals, especially in the context of a Jewish state. This class was taught at the Avi Schaeffer Fund Symposium 2014.
Jews Who Wield Secular Power

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