Ode to "The West Wing": TV Offers a Lesson in Religion and Politics

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author reflects on debates and criminal trials that occurred in episodes of "The West Wing," and "The Practice," in which Jewish law was used to assess a trial. The author asserts that Jewish law is not at all static when it comes to capital punishment, homosexuality, taxation, etc. The author then moves on to fill in the gap that many see between the Old Testament (written Torah) and the Talmud (oral Torah).

Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Jewish Text, Values, Television

Name of Publication: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Silow-Carroll, Andrew. Ode to "The West Wing": TV Offers a Lesson in Religion and Politics. CLAL Politics and Policy Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2561


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