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Brad Artson


Associate Professor of Rabbinics (Assistant Professor 2003-2009); Chair, Department of Rabbinics

The American Jewish University (formerly The University of Judaism)


  • Marriage and Metaphor: Constructions of Gender in Rabbinic Literature, Lexington Books (2009)
  • “The Rabbinic Origins of Klal Yisrael,” Conservative Judaism (forthcoming)
  • “Engendering Halakhah: Rachel Adler’s B’rit Ahuvim and the Quest to Create a Feminist Halakhic Praxis,” Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Tradition in Transition (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, forthcoming)
  • “Of Proper and Unrestrained Men: Textual Ambiguity and the Reading of Law, Narrative, and Desire in the Babylonian Talmud,” Hebrew Union College Annual, 79 (forthcoming)
  • “‘The Language of the Bible and the Language of the Rabbis’: A Linguistic Look at Kiddushin, Part 1” and “‘He Forbids Her to All’: A Linguistic Look at Kiddushin, Part 2,” Conservative Judaism (forthcoming)
  • “The Purchase of His Money: Slavery and the Ethics of Jewish Marriage,” Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
  • “Heruta’s Ruse: What We Mean When We Talk About Desire,” The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (New York University Press, 2009)
  • “Assent to Ascent: Halakhic Negotiations of Exile, Marriage and Gender,” Jewish Law Association Studies XVIII (2008)
  • “Is Rav’s Wife ‘a Dish’? Food and Eating Metaphors in Rabbinic Discourse of Sexuality and Gender Relations,” Studies in Jewish Civilization 18: Love—Ideal and Real—in the Jewish Tradition (Creighton University Press, 2008)
  • “The Scholarly Life—The Laboring Wife: Gender, Torah, and the Family Economy in Rabbinic Culture,” Nashim, 13 (2007)
  • “‘These Are the Labors’: Constructions of the Woman Nursing Her Child in the Mishnah and Tosefta,” Nashim, 3 (2000)
  • “Arguing for Women in Talmudic Literature,” Shofar, 14:1 (1995)


  • “Marriage and Marriage Customs,” The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
  • “When Power is Resisted” (symposium essay), Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices -- Power (The Jewish Publication Society, 2009)
  • “Feminism and Jewish Law in the Conservative Movement,” The New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2009)
  • Review of Sages and Commoners in Late Antique ’Erez* Israel: A Philological Inquiry into Local Traditions in Talmud Yerushalmi, by Stuart S. Miller, Hebrew Studies, 49 (2008)
  • Post-biblical Interpretations, Vayishlach and Acharei Mot, The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (URJ Press, 2008)
  • “Adultery in Judaism” and “Divorce in Judaism,” Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2007)
  • “God in the Talmud,” Walking With God (The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, 2007)
  • “Hauptman, Judith” and “Study, Women and,” Encyclopaedia Judaica (Macmillan Reference USA, Keter Publishing House, 2006)
  • Review of Menstrual Purity: Rabbinic and Christian Reconstructions of Biblical Gender, by Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert, Association for Jewish Studies Review, 27:2 (2003)
  • “Consent, Agency, and the Semantics of Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud,” Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, (2002)
  • “Ketubbah” and “Conservative Judaism,” The Reader’s Guide to Judaism (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000)
  • Review of Tasting the Dish: Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality, by Michael Satlow, Hebrew Studies, 41 (2000)
  • Review of Judaism Since Gender, edited by Miriam Peskowitz and Laura Levitt, Bridges, 8:1-2 (Spring, 2000)
  • “The Study of Masekhet Berakhot,” The Proceeding of the Rabbinical Assembly LVII (1995)


  • “‘Even Your Mother and Your Mother’s Mother’: Rabbinic Literature on Women’s Usage of Cosmetics,” The Jewish Woman and Her Body, Youngstown State University, 2010 (forthcoming)
  • “By Any Other Name?: Kiddushin, Same-Sex Relationships, and Halakhic Discourse in the Liberal Movements,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2009
  • “Mastering the House: Tropes of Male Self-Fashioning in Rabbinic Literature,” The Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2009
  • “The Purchase of His Money: Slavery and the Rabbinic Construction of Marriage and Sexuality,” Society for Biblical Literature, 2008
  • “Engendering Halakhah: Rachel Adler’s B’rit Ahuvim and the Quest to Create a Feminist Halakhic Praxis,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2007
  • “Follow the Money: Bride Price, Dowry, and the Rabbinic Ketubbah,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2006
  • “Assent to Ascent: Rabbinic Negotiations of Exile, Marriage, and Gender,” American Academy of Religion, 2005
  • “More Maidservants, More Lewdness: The Role of Freedom and Honor in Rabbinic Constructions of Female Sexuality,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2004
  • “A Fire at Rav Amram’s: Reading Law, Narrative, and Desire in the Bavli,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2003
  • “Is Rav’s Wife ‘a Dish’? Food and Eating Metaphors in the Rabbinic Sexual Vocabulary,” National Women’s Studies Association, 2003
  • “‘The Purchase of His Money’: Wives and Slaves in the Rabbinically Imagined Household,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2002
  • “‘Forbidden to All Like Sanctified Property’; Polysemous Holiness and the Rabbinic Vocabulary of Betrothal,” Association for Jewish Studies, 2001
  • “Force, Consent, and the Semantics of Sexuality in the Babylonian Talmud,” Jewish Feminist Research Group, 2001; Association for Jewish Studies, 2000
  • “Finding Lost Coins: Towards a Feminist Reading of Talmud Via Feminist Literary Criticism of Bible,” Jewish Feminist Research Group, 1996
  • “Centering the Peripheral Jew: A Feminist Deconstruction of Kiddushin 33b-35a,” Association for Jewish Studies, 1994
  • “Women’s History and the Study of Women in Rabbinic Sources,” Society of Biblical Literature, 1993


Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University –
Research Award (2002)
Charles H. Revson Fellow for Doctoral Studies in Judaica (1990-92)


  • Rabbinic Literature
  • Judaism(s) in Late Antiquity
  • Feminist/Gender Theory
  • Jewish Law and Legal Texts


Senior Research Analyst – Judaism (2002-2003)

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project at Brandeis University

Coordinator (2002-2003)

The Jewish Feminist Research Group (a project of the Women’s Studies Program
of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America)
Compiler and Editor
Summary Index, The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1994
Conference Coordinator: “Women in the Rabbinate: Dynamics of Change”
Held October 1993 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Administrative Assistant (1990-1992)
Archivist (1988-1990)

Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly


Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Ph.D., with distinction, Department of Talmud and Rabbinics – 2002
Dissertation: My Wife I Called “My House”: Marriage, Metaphor, and
Discourses of Gender in Rabbinic Literature. Advisor: Dr. David Kraemer
M. Phil., Department of Talmud and Rabbinics – 1998
Rabbinic Ordination – 1992
M.A., Rabbinical School – 1991

New York University

B.S., magna cum laude, Program in Applied Behavioral Science – 1987


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Association for Jewish Studies
  • Women’s Caucus, Association for Jewish Studies (co-chair, beginning 2010)
  • Faculty Advisor for the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, InterSem (American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles Chapter)
  • Coordinator, Dr. Elka Klein Memorial Travel Grant
  • Programming Committee, LimmudLA, 2008 and 2009 conferences