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PUBLICATIONS

 

NB: The contents of these paper are purely theoretical. Nothing written or cited in them is intended for use in practice. Any practical question in the area of personal status in Orthodox Judaism, whether touching upon marriage, divorce, bastardy or conversion, must be submitted to those with the appropriate Orthodox halakhic authority. 

 

BOOKS

The Agunah research Unit has recently published the following six books, both in print (for purchase) and as free, downloadable pdfs (click on the titles that follow):  

1. Bernard S. Jackson, Agunah: The Manchester Analysis, ISBN 9781906731113, £45.00
2. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, Confronting 'Iggun, ISBN 9781906731120, £29.50
3. Shoshana Knol, Agunah and Ideology, ISBN 9781906731137, £35.00
4. Avishalom Westreich, Talmud-Based Solutions to the Problem of the Agunah ISBN 9781906731205, £29.95
5. Nechama Hadari, The Kosher Get: A Halakhic Story of Divorce ISBN 9781906731199, £35.00
6. Agunah Research Unit, Agunah: The Manchester Analysis (short version, in Hebrew), with hasqamot from R. Shear-Yashuv Cohen and R. Shlomo Daichovsky, ISBN 9781906731212, £15.00

For further details and availability of the print books, see  http://www.legaltheory.demon.co.uk/ARU.htm

 

WORKING PAPERS

1. B.S. Jackson, "Agunah and the Problem of Authority" - Text of lecture delivered in London on 13th March 2001 under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the Jewish Law Publication Fund Trustees http://www.mucjs.org/2001jlpf.pdf [New local link]

2. B.S. Jackson, "Agunah and the Problem of Authority: Directions for Future Research", Melilah 2004/1, pp.1-78 - a much expanded, fully documented version of the above lecture: http://www.mucjs.org/MELILAH/2004/1.pdf [New local link]

3. B.S. Jackson, “Agunah: Problems of History and Authority”, Paper delivered at JOFA Fourth International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, New York, November 10th, 2002: http://www.mucjs.org/jofaweb.htm [New local link]

4. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "The Plight of the 'Agunah and Conditional Marriage" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, June 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/MELILAH/2005/1.pdf [New local link]

5. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "Rabbi Morgenstern's Agunah Solution" (Working Papers of the
Agunah Research Unit, June 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Morg.pdf [New local link]

6. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "A critique of Za'aqat Dalot" (Working Papers of the Agunah
Research Unit, June 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/ZD.pdf [New local link]

7. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "Halakhah - Majority, Seniority, Finality and Consensus"
(Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, June 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Consensus.pdf [New local link]

8. B.S. Jackson, "Preliminary Report of the Agunah Research Unit" (Working
Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, December 2006): http://www.mucjs.org/PrelimRep.pdf [New local link]

9. Avishalom Westreich, "Compelling a Divorce? Early Talmudic Roots of Coercion in a Case of Moredet" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, May 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Moredet.pdf [New local link] For a Hebrew version, now published in Bar-Ilan Studies in Law 25-2 by Bar-Ilan University Press click here. [New local link]

10. Avishalom Westreich, "'Umdena: Between Mistaken Transaction (Kidushey Ta'ut) and Terminative Condition" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, November 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Umdena.pdf [New local link]

11. Avishalom Westreich, "Annulment of Marriage (Hafka'at Kiddushin): Re-examination of an Old Debate" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, June 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Annulment.pdf [New local link] For a Hebrew version, to be published (with minor revisions) in Sidra, click here. [New local link]

12. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "Hafqa'ah, Kefiyyah, Tena'im" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, June 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/HKT.pdf [New local link]

13. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "Comments on "'En Tenai BeNissu'in" by R. Zevi Gertner and R. Bezalel Karlinski" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, November 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Gertner.pdf [New local link]

14. Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, "Herut 'Olam (London 1928) by Rabbi Yosef Shapotshnick" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, November 2008): http://www.mucjs.org/Shapotshnick.pdf [New local link]

15.Dr. Avishalom Westreich, "History, Dogmatics and Hermeneutics: The Divorce Clause in Palestinian Ketubbotand the Geonic Compulsion of Divorce" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, March 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/DivorceClause.pdf [New local link]

16. Shoshana Borocin-Knol, "An Historical Overview of Some Overt Ideological Factors in the Development of the Agunah Problem" (PhD thesis; Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, June 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/Knol.pdf [New local link] Now available as a book: Shoshanah Knol, Agunah and Ideology (see above).

17. Nechama Hadari, "The Concept of Will in the Jewish Law of Divorce" (PhD thesis; Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, June 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/Hadari.pdf [New local link]

18. Yehudah Abel, "Confronting 'Iggun. A combination of three possible solutions to the problem of the chained wife in Jewish Law" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, July 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/ConfrontingIggun.pdf [New local link] Now available as a book: see above.

19. Yehudah Abel, "Comments on R. Broyde's Tripartite Agreement" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, July 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/Broyde.pdf [New local link]

20. Yehudah Abel, "Additions" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, July 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/Additions.pdf [New local link]

21. Bernard Jackson, "Launch Lecture" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, July 2009): http://www.mucjs.org/LaunchLecture.pdf [New local link]

22. Bernard Jackson, "Draft Final Report" (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, January 2010): http://www.mucjs.org/ARUDraftFinalv.2.pdf  [New local link] N.B.This January 2010 version replaces that of July 2009 (minor corrections and a few substantive additions). The Final Report is now available in print as Agunah: The Manchester Analysis (see above).

23. Bernard Jackson, "Summary Draft Final Report": http://www.mucjs.org/SummaryReport.pdf [New local link]. This is a 48 page summary of the Full (210 page) Report (Working Papers of the Agunah Research Unit, January 2010). For the Hebrew version, see no.6 in the list of Books, above.

24. Bernard Jackson, "Key Points from Agunah Report". This 5-page Executive Summary is available in both English [New local link] and Hebrew [New local link].

 

All enquiries about these publications should be directed to Professor Bernard Jackson at bsj@legaltheory.demon.co.uk