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Ronit Irshai is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the gender studies program at Bar Ilan University and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman institute in Jerusalem. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School during the academic year of 2007-2008. Irshai was educated in the fields of Jewish Philosophy, Philosophy of law and Gender Studies. She was also trained in Talmud and rabbinic studies. Her research focuses on gender and Jewish Law (halakhah), philosophy of halakhah, religious feminism, bioethics, and feminist jurisprudence and its relation to Jewish law. She is the author of over fifteen articles and her first book: Fertility and Jewish Law – Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature was published by Brandeis University Press in 2012.


  • Gender and Modern Halakha (Jewish Law).
  • Philosophy of Halakhah; Jewish sexual ethics.
  • LGBTQ and halakhah; Religious Feminism.
  • Theology and Gender.
  • Fertility and halakhah.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 2002Sep 2006

Award Date: 18 Sep 2006


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