The complexities of life in modern society offer many challenges to the individual seeking to come to terms with the demands of rapidly changing realities. The Jew dedicated to his faith seeks to accommodate shifting moral issues to the dictates of eternal religious values. Over the centuries, rabbinic scholars have addressed the problems facing Jews by means of thousands of responsa and compendia of Jewish law, ethics and philosophy. Unfortunately, this vitally pertinent literature is inaccessible to the layman. For this reason the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society came into being a few years ago, its aim being to explore the major issues facing the Jewish people in the twentieth century through the prism of Torah values. The phenomenal success of the publication and its enthusiastic reception not only in America but even abroad attest to the importance of the undertaking. The present volume makes available several selections for the Journal of Halachah and Contemporary Society. They have been grouped in three divisions: The Family, The Individual, and The Community. However, each article is self-contained, covering one aspect of the issues within each grouping. The articles have all been carefully checked for any errors in transcription or citation of halachic sources, and no question has ever been raised as to the authenticity or correctness of the documentation. However, it is not the policy of the journal to offer definitive legal solutions for that is the responsibility of the posek. Rather, the journal offers insights and explanations of the halachic criteria involved in arriving at the desired halachic conclusion.
by Rabbi Alfred S. Cohen
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