Ronit Irshai

Ronit Irshai is Associate Professor and the head of the gender studies department at Bar Ilan University; a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman institute in Jerusalem (For pluralistic Judaism), a member in the board of the Reckman center at Bar Ilan University (For women’s rights) and a member of “Kolech” – A religious feminist forum.

She published a series of articles on halakhah (Jewish Law), theology and gender, Jewish sexual ethics, Jewish religious feminism etc.

Her first book: Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature was published by Brandeis University Press in 2012. The second book on abortion was published in Hebrew by Magness press, in 2022 and the third book on Modern-Orthodox Feminism in Israel (together with Dr. Tanya Zion-Waldoks) will be published by Brandeis University Press in spring 2024.

This book presents, from the perspective of feminist jurisprudence and feminist and liberal bioethics, a complete study of Jewish law (halakhah) on contemporary...

In Holy Rebellion, Ronit Irshai and Tanya Zion-Waldoks examine social change in Israel through a rigorous analysis of the shifting entanglements of...