The Demise of the Sanhedrin
The Sanhedrin was empowered to legislate, amend, and repeal Rabbinic law. With the destruction of the Second Temple, the Sanhedrin was dissolved. Join Rabbi Dovid Fink as he explores how it is that without a Sanhedrin today’s rabbis have authority to innovate and adapt Rabbinic law.
The Demise of the Sanhedrin: The Demise of the Sanhedrin
The Sanhedrin was the legislative body that gave us Rabbinic law. Shortly after the destruction of the Second Temple, the Sanhedrin was dissolved and to this day has not been reconstituted.
Without a Sanhedrin, do rabbis today have any power to legislate new halachot? Can they alter or repeal existing halachot?
In this series we will examine opinions of the greatest medieval and modern rabbis in defining their authority in determining halachic matters.
Hebrew sources are available through the links in both WORD format and pdf. In class we will translate and explain these texts.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.