Fertility and Jewish Law

Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature

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Author: Ronit Irshai

Series: Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion and LawHBI Series on Jewish Women

This book presents, from the perspective of feminist jurisprudence and feminist and liberal bioethics, a complete study of Jewish law (halakhah) on contemporary reproductive issues such as birth control, abortion and assisted fertility. Irshai examines these issues to probe gender-based values that underlie the interpretations and determinations reached by modern practitioners of halakhah. Her primary goal is to tell, through common halakhic tools, a different halakhic story, one that takes account of the female narrative and its missing perspective.

Subject: Jewish Studies

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