New Book-Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature
Ronit Irshai’s new book Fertility and Jewish Law: Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature has recently been published.
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.
The book looks very interesting, especially the introduction which is titled, “Epistemology, Jurisprudence, and Halakhah: A Feminist Critique.”