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Dr. Yoni Brafman

Dr. Yonatan Brafman is assistant professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics and the director of the MA Program in Jewish Ethics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, as well as adjunct faculty at Drisha. His research focuses on the intersection of Jewish thought, Jewish law, and contemporary moral and legal philosophy. He also studies the implications of religious practice for critical social theory and praxis.
He has published or has forthcoming articles on these topics in the Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of Jewish Ethics, Journal of Religion and Violence, and Diné Israel. He is coeditor, with Leora Batnitzky, of an anthology entitled Jewish Legal Theories (Brandeis University Press, 2018). He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Critique of Halakhic Reason.
He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Jewish Thought from the Department of Religion at Columbia University, where he also received his BA, MA, and MPhil. He has held fellowships in the Department of Religion and Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University (2014–2015), the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University Law School (2012–2013), and the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (2008–2010).
He has taught philosophy of religion and Jewish thought and ethics at Princeton University, Columbia University, Yeshivat Hadar, and Yeshivat HaKotel.