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Fertility and Jewish Law
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction: Epistemology, Jurisprudence, and Halakhah
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part One | Sex without Procreation
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1 | ‘‘Be Fruitful and Multiply’’
  2. pp. 25-52
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  1. 2 | Birth Control and Family Planning
  2. pp. 53-110
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  1. 3 | Halakhic Rulings on Abortion
  2. pp. 111-159
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  1. 4 | Abortion in Contemporary Halakhic Rulings
  2. pp. 160-200
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  1. Part Two | Procreation without Sex
  2. pp. 201-202
  1. 5 | Artificial Insemination, In Vitro Fertilization, and Surrogacy in Liberal and Radical Feminist Approaches
  2. pp. 203-224
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  1. 6 | Artificial Insemination, In Vitro Fertilization, and Surrogacy
  2. pp. 225-268
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  1. Afterword: The Gender Project in the Philosophy of Halakhah as an Exercise in Criticism
  2. pp. 269-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-314
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 315-342
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-358
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