Chaim Saiman is a Professor of Law at Villanova University Law School. He is a scholar of Jewish law, insurance law and private law. His scholarship has appeared in journals including, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, and the Journal of Law and Religion. Professor Saiman has served as the Gruss Visiting Professor of Talmudic Law at both Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and as the William Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. He has been the Jewish law editor for the Journal of Law and Religion and serves as an editor for the American Journal of Comparative Law. He has also visited at Bar-Ilan Law Faculty and The Hebrew University Faculty of Law, and his book titled, Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law, which will be published by Princeton University Press in 2018.
Professor Saiman received his B.S. from Georgia State University, and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He has also completed graduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion and undergraduate Talmudic and Biblical studies at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne in Israel. Prior to joining the faculty at Villanova, he served as an Olin Fellow at Harvard Law School, a Golieb Fellow in legal history at NYU Law School, as a law clerk to Judge Michael McConnell on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and a corporate associate with the frim Cleary Gottlieb in New York. At Villanova, Professor Saiman teaches Contracts, Insurance Law, Insurance Coverage Disputes, Jewish Law and Legislation.
November 30th, 2018 | 52 mins 57 secs
My guest is Chaim Saiman. His newest book is "Halakhah: The Rabbinic Idea of Law." What does it mean for legal analysis to connect humans to God? Can spiritual teachings remain meaningful and at the same time rigidly codified? Can a modern state be governed by such law? Guiding readers across two millennia of richly illuminating perspectives, this book shows how halakhah is not just “law” but an entire way of thinking, being, and knowing.
March 27th, 2018 | 52 mins 52 secs
My guest is Chaim Saiman. He's a Professor of Law at Villanova University Law School, and is an expert in Law and Religion and Jewish Legal theory. He wrote a fascinating piece for First Things a few years ago called The Halakhah of Jesus' Trial. In it he reflects on the only piece of Talmud that talks about the trial and death of Jesus.
January 16th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
My guest is Chaim Saiman. He's a Professor of Law at Villanova University Law School, and is an expert in Law and Religion and Jewish Legal theory. He also wrote a fascinating piece in the Atlantic about the most recent Star Wars film. It's called "Why The Last Jedi Is More 'Spiritual' Than 'Religious'."