Tel Aviv University
Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship

Research Topic

Women of the Wall: Navigating Religion in the Public Sphere


Yuval Jobani is assistant Professor in Jewish Philosophy and Education at Tel Aviv University, where he also heads the Interdisciplinary Studies Section in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies. Jobani was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Michael Walzer at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2008-2010) and a visiting scholar at Brandeis University (2010-2011). His research interests include the variety of Jewish secularisms, religion and the public sphere as well as religion and education in contemporary society. His publications include; The Role of Contradictions in Spinoza’s Philosophy: The God Intoxicated Heretic (Routledge, 2016), “On Scholars and Soldiers” in The Jewish Political Tradition, vol. 3 (forthcoming, Yale University Press), "The Secular University and Its Critics" (Studies in Philosophy and Education, 2016) and “The Lure of Heresy: A Philosophical Typology of Hebrew Secularism in the First Half of the Twentieth Century” (The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 2016). Jobani’s research is supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and he holds a European Union Marie Curie grant for the study of Jewish secularism (2012-16). He was also awarded a grant from the Israel Science Foundation (2015-2018) for a book project he is currently completing with Nahshon Perez: Women of the Wall: Navigating Religion in the Public Sphere (under contract with Oxford University Press).



Asking if and how Jewish history, culture, and experience offered new paradigms with which to engage the politicaland, conversely, how mainstream political theories might expand Jewish studies in new and productive directions.