Rabbi Dr. Alan Yuter

Rabbi Dr. Yuter is Adjunct Prof. of Hebrew Lit., Baltimore Hebrew University, and Adjunct Faculty, Fairleigh Dickenson University/ Institute for Traditional Judaism. He was Professor of History and Jewish Studies at Touro College for 10 years, Rabbi Yuter served as spiritual leader of B’nai Israel of Baltimore since 2005.

Publications by Rabbi Dr. Alan Yuter

Hora’at Sha’ah: The Emergency Principle in Jewish Law and a Contemporary Application

This essay deals with the emergency principle in Jewish law, which suspends the normative positive statute when, if implemented, the consequences would undermine the Jewish polity. After explicating the emergency principle as defined by Maimonides, other instances of the principle are examined. In conclusion, the relevance of the emergency principle to lenient conversion standards in contemporary Israel is suggested. Read More »