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85 Miss. L.J. 643 (2016-2017)
Jewish Law Antecedents to American Constitutional Thought

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                 PEER REVIEW ARTICLEt



        JEWISH LAW ANTECEDENTS TO
 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL THOUGHT


                          Shlomo  Pill*




     INTRODUCTION           ...........................................643
     1. INHERENT DIGNITY  AND  EQUALITY      ....................652
        A. Government  by Consent         .........................655
        B. Equal  Treatment Under  Law ..........       ........665
        C. Fundamental   Rights...........       ................669
     II. THE CONSTITUTION AS A FRAME  OF GOVERNMENT...........673
        A. Federalism         ........................................675
        B. The Separation of Powers ....................686
     CONCLUSION                     ...........................................695





                         INTRODUCTION

     Some  of the Founders, while generally amenable  to Jews  as
individuals,' maintained   decidedly   negative  opinions  about


   t For more information on the Mississippi Law Journal's peer review process, see
Jack Wade Nowlin & Brian Clark Stuart, Foreword: The Mississippi Law Journal Peer
Review Process, 84 MISS. L.J. i (2015).
   * S.J.D. Law and Religion (Comparative Jewish, Islamic, and American Law and
Jurisprudence), 2016, Emory University School of Law, and the Center for the Study of
Law and Religion at Emory University; LL.M., 2013, Emory University School of Law;
J.D., 2012, Fordham University School of Law; B.A., Political Science and History,
2009, Lander College for Men. Special thanks to Professor John D. Feerick, as well as
the members of the Mississippi Law Journal Peer Review Board, who have offered
valuable comments and suggestions; errors, and deficiencies are, of course, my own.
   I See, e.g., George Washington's Letter to the Touro Synagogue (1790), in MAXIMS
OF WASHINGTON; POLITICAL, MORAL, SOCIAL, AND RELIGIOUS 373-74 (John Frederick
Schroeder ed., 1854) (May the same Wonder-working Deity, who long since delivered


643

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