Professor Suzanne Last Stone

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Suzanne Last Stone is professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University and director of Cardozo’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization. She has held the Gruss Visiting Chair in Talmudic Civil Law at the law schools of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was a visiting scholar at Princeton and Columbia Law School. Professor Stone is also an affiliated visiting professor of Jewish law at Hebrew University Law and Tel Aviv University Law School.

Professor Stone writes and lectures on the intersection of Jewish legal thought and contemporary legal theory. Her publications include “In Pursuit of the Countertext: The Turn to the Jewish Legal Model in Contemporary American Legal Theory” (Harvard Law Review), “The Jewish Conception of Civil Society” (in Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society, Princeton University Press) and “Feminism and the Rabbinic Conception of Justice” (in Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy, Indiana University).

Professor Stone is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School and was a Danforth Fellow in 1974 in Jewish history and classical religions at Yale University. Before joining Cardozo, she clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced litigation at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

In addition to teaching courses such as Jewish Law and Political Thought and Jewish Law and American Legal Theory, she currently teaches Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and Law, Religion and the State.

Sample Titles

  • Synagogue and State: American Perspectives
  • Torah and the State: Divergent Halakhic Conceptions of the State of Israel
  • The Emergence of Jewish Law in Postmodernist Legal Theory
  • Jewish Law and the Death Penalty
  • Is There Justice in History? A Talmudic Approach
  • Individual and Collective Justice
  • Between Revenge and Reconciliation: Rabbinic Views on Historical Justice
  • Judaism and Tolerance
  • Dina de-Malkhuta Dina (The Law of the State is Law)
  • Is the Halakha a Self-Sufficient Legal System? Views from Within
  • Collective Punishment, War, and Morality
  • How Do We Know the Prophet?
  • Aggadah as Halakha: The Case of Honi HaMe’aggel
  • Halakha: Rules versus Values
  • Forgiveness and Mercy in Politics and Law
  • Judaism and Civil Society

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