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The Invention of Jewish TheocracyThe Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel$
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Alexander Kaye

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190922740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190922740.001.0001

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Isaac Herzog before Palestine

Isaac Herzog before Palestine

(p.51) 2 Isaac Herzog before Palestine
The Invention of Jewish Theocracy

Alexander Kaye

Oxford University Press

The creator and champion of the ideology of the halakhic state was Isaac Herzog, Israel’s first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi. Prior to his arrival in Palestine in 1937, he was the Chief Rabbi of Ireland. This chapter accounts the history of Herzog’s intellectual development, and in particular his writing about law. It places his legal philosophy in the context of the prevailing jurisprudence of the day, including ideas about the evolution of law and the centralizing reforms of European states at the end of the nineteenth century. It also shows how Herzog’s experience of the struggle for Irish independence from the British, and the role of law and religion in that struggle, helped to shape his attitudes to law and colonialism once he had arrived in Palestine.

Keywords:   Isaac Herzog, Palestine, Dublin, legal reform, legal evolution, legal centralism, constitution, independence, Mishpat Ivri, Éamon de Valera

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