CLE: The Ten Commandments | Gratz College

CLE: The Ten Commandments

Aug/21 08:30 am -
Aug/21 01:00 pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Legal Ethics, American Constitutional Law and Jewish Tradition

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:00pm

Gratz College Reading Room

The Ten Commandments: Legal Ethics, American Constitutional Law and Jewish Tradition

Dr. Paul Finkelman, President, Gratz College
Rabbi Lance Sussman, Ph.D.,
Chairman, Gratz Board of Governors, Senior Rabbi, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel

The Ten Commandments is seen by most Americans as the embodiment of Jewish law and a central aspect of Christian theology.  Monuments to the Ten Commandments are found throughout the United States. Some are put up to commemorate those who have died in defending the nation, but more often they are part of social or political agendas. The most famous, in recent years was the 5,500 pound monument that then-Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama placed in the Rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court Building. Moore defended this monument on the grounds that the Ten Commandments are the “moral foundation of American law.”  This CLE explores the connection of the Ten Commandments to American law, legal ethics, and Jewish tradition. We will look at what the Commandments say, what they mean, and how they have been used in American culture and Jewish tradition. Dr. Finkelman, the president of Gratz College, was the chief expert witness in the federal suit that forced Moore to take the monument down; Rabbi Dr. Lance Sussman is senior Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and a leading scholar of American Jewish History.

Doors open at 8:15 a.m.
Light breakfast and snacks

Attorneys: $150
Auditors: $36