by Rabbi Jon Hausman (October 2009)
I am currently studying the Jewish tort laws contained in the Rabbinic tractate Baba Kamma. The tractate itself contains all kinds of abstruse cases dealing with damages and liability under specific circumstances. more>>>
If "rabbinical courts do not generally handle cases of monetary or property damage" it is because non-Orthodox Jews are either ignornat of the possibility of adjudicating in a rabbinical court or for ideological reasons prefer a secular court. However, these courts do exist and their decisions are enforceable as arbitration agreements. While they often apply secular commercial law either because the law of the land is law or because custom prevails in monetary matter they do apply traditional law. Certainly if the litigants specify that they want Jewish law to apply this is what the court will apply. This might even be specified as a "choice of laws" clause in a contract. Moreover, many Orthodox attorney will offer contracts and wills which are in line with both secular law and Halacha as their are limits to the principle that the law of the land is law.
"Jews no longer own slaves and haven’t done so for millennia."
Untrue. Slavery was just outlawed in Israel a few years ago. In the 19th century, many of North and South America's slaveowners were Jewish.
This information should be spread far and wide especially to the present administration and all Americans.