What can rabbinic arguments teach us about complicated contemporary issues like cloning or internet privacy? Quite a lot, it turns out. By applying these established arguments to a modern scenario, high school students gain a deeper understanding of the issue at hand as well as the applicable rabbinic arguments.

About Moot Beit Din

Moot Beit Din provides high school students with a firsthand look at the inner workings of the Jewish legal system and helps them hone their critical thinking skills by applying the ancient wisdom of Halakhah (Jewish law) to some of the most significant ethical issues of our time.

Student teams are assigned a topic and collaborate to craft a written decision and oral argument based on rabbinic sources. Teams submit their work to a panel of distinguished judges and engage with their peers in dialogue about the case on a digital platform.

Our Halachik system arose from vigorous minds engaged in lively debate. Moot Beit Din engages high school students in a dynamic process that helps them understand how rabbinic wisdom spans cultures, geography, and time to influence our decisions and moral clarity today.

Divisions

Teams choose to compete in these two division named in honor of Jewish Supreme Court Justices. 

BRANDEIS: Teams competing in this division receive a sourcebook and also conduct research to incorporate additional sources.
ABELLA: Teams competing in this division do not receive a sourcebook and conduct their own research to track down relevant sources.

2018 Competition 

The 2018 Moot Beit Din will be a virtual competition, with teams submitting written decisions and video recordings of their oral arguments to a panel of distinguished judges.  There will also be a Q & A component in which teams pose and respond to questions about each other's oral arguments on a digital platform.
 
The cost of participating in Moot Beit Din is $250 for one team and $450 for two teams. 
Prizmah members receive discounts based on their level of membership (5% discount for full membership, 10% discount for premium membership).
 

Click here to read the 2018 Competition Guidelines for more information
Click here to register for the 2018 Moot Beit Din Competition.

Registration closes on October 31, 2017 
The deadline for entries is February 26, 2018.

Contact Yael Steiner to learn more.

Click here for highlights from the 2016-17 Moot Beit Din program, including photos and videos.

 

“After three years of involvement in Moot Beit Din, I cannot even express how much the program means to me. I have learned so much about my heritage and about myself, and I have made invaluable friendships with people from all over North America.”
-Moot Beit Din participant