Before the Law

By Suzanne Last Stone and Alan M. Dershowitz
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The holiday of Shavuot, which falls this year on June 8 and 9, commemorates the giving of the Law. In video interviews conducted by the Israeli media agency Leadel, the prominent legal scholars Suzanne Last Stone and Alan M. Dershowitz explain the differences between Jewish law and Western law, and how their own interest in the former has informed their careers in the latter. —The Editors

Suzanne Last Stone

"Jewish law is structured around the concept of obligations—as opposed to the concept of rights."  

Alan M. Dershowitz 

"The guilty must be defended along with the innocent. I learn that from the story of Sodom, and the story of Joseph being falsely accused."  

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