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Sunday, December 8 • 10:35am - 11:30am
Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature

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Sponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute 

Gender studies scholar, Ronit Irshai, will explore the concept of sex without procreation, the main thesis of her book, Fertility and Jewish Law. New insight is shed on halakhic responses to contemporary reproductive issues through probing the gender-based values that underlie their halakhic interpretations and determinations. This lecture explores the tendency to rule strictly on abortion and birth control, while ruling leniently on issues of assisted fertility, and uncovers inherent gender perceptions underlying the decisions

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Rachel Berke

Board Trustee, Akiba Academy of Texas

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Dr. Ronit Irshai

Ronit Irshai (Ph.D), is an assistant professor at the Gender Studies Program at Bar Ilan University and a researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Between the years of 2007-8, she was a visiting scholar at the Women Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School... Read More →

Sunday December 8, 2013 10:35am - 11:30am

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