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Abortion protesters on both sides of issue outside Supreme Court

Do Abortion Bans Violate Jews' Religious Rights?

Professor Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, an expert on women's equality and religion, talks about whether an outright abortion ban runs afoul of Jewish law and tradition.     

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Ultrasound image of a 6-week fetus.

Professor Reuven Kimelman explores the restraints Jewish law puts on abortion and reproductive rights. "In Judaism, you cannot say, 'It's my body. I can do whatever I please,'" he says.     


Protest against antisemitism

A new book on social media, co-edited by professor Sabine von Mering, makes the case that Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other platforms are helping to spread antisemitism and enabling far-right extremism.

Ukrainian military vehicles move past Independence Square in central Kyiv on February 24, 2022.

Professor Reuven Kimelman adapts the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah to reflect on Russia's invasion of Ukraine.