Tufts University
Thomas and Elissa Ellant Katz Fellowship

Research Topic

Jewish Law, Philosophy, Systematicity


Yonatan Y. Brafman is assistant professor of modern Judaism in the Department of Religion and a member of the Program in Judaic Studies at Tufts University. His research focuses on the intersection of Jewish thought, Jewish law, and contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy. At the Katz Center, he will examine the systematicity of Jewish law in the modern period.

Brafman received his PhD in the philosophy of religion and Jewish thought from Columbia University. He has taught in the Department of Religion and Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University, the Department of Religion at Columbia University, and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Selected publications

  • Critique of Halakhic Reason: Divine Commandments and Social Normativity (Indiana University Press, forthcoming)
  • Coedited with Suzanne Last Stone, Jewish Law: New Perspectives (De Gruyter, forthcoming)
  • Coedited with Leora F. Batnitzky, Jewish Legal Theories (Brandeis University Press, 2018)



Studying law between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, an age of transition from a world of empires to the modern age of the nation-state and international law.