Prof. Arye Edrei

Faculty of Law
מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Arye Edrei
Phone: 03-6406384
Fax: 03-6409576
Office: Minkoff - Law, 427


Arye Edrei is a professor of Law at Tel-Aviv University. He teaches a variety of courses on the history and philosophy of Jewish Law. His main fields of interest are Talmudic jurisprudence and Jewish Law in the 20th century. He also has written on "law and ideology" and "law and memory".



Together with Professor Suzanne Last Stone, Edrei is the co-editor in chief of "Dinei Israel", a Journal of Jewish Law, published jointly by the Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty and the Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University.


He earned an LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and did post doctoral studies as a Harry Star Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University (1996-1998). Edrei served as a visiting professor at Toronto University Law School (2003); Cardozo Law School (2004;2008); and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2009;2010;1011). He was also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005), and a Fellow at Oxford Uiversity, Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.



Edrei, together with professor Doron Mendels, is the author of Zweierlei Diaspora: Zur Splatung der antiken Judischen Welt, published in Germany by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (2009). Together with Hanina Ben-Menachem he published Windows onto Jewish Legal Culture: Fourteen Exploratory Essays (vol I-II) Routledge 2011).


His current primary project is a book on "Halakhah in the Twentieth Century", which focuses primarily on contemporary halakhic reactions to the Jewish sovereignty. 

Research Interests and Teaching

Talmudic jurisprudence; Jewish Law in the 20th century; State and Religion in Jewish Thought.


1982 LL.B Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1986 LL.M. (Magna Cum Laude) Faculty of Law, Hebrew Unviersity of Jerusalem.
PH.D in Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew Unviersity of Jerusalem.
1984 - 1988 The Faculty of Humanities (Talmud and Jewish History) Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1996 - 1997 Harvard University, Law school.


Academic Appointments

2013-Present Full Professor, Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law
2007- 2013 Associate Professor, Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law
2000-2007 Senior Lecturer (with Tenure) Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law
1994 Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law.
1986-1992 Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Law, and Research Fellow, The Institute for Jewish Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University.


2013 Oxford University, Center for Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Visiting Scholar (Polonsky Fellow).
2011; 2010 ; 2009 University of Pennsylvania Law School, Gruss Visiting Professor in Talmudic Law.
Van-Lear Institute Jerusalem,  Member in the Resrech and Study group on
     - "The Gedolim: The Leaders of the Haredi Society"
     - "Ultra-Orthodoxy"
     - "Death and Dying and the Philosophy of Halakhah"
2007-2008; 2004-2005 Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law, Visiting Professor.
2004-2005 Hebrew University, Institute of Advanced Studies, Senior Fellow.
2003 University of Toronto, Law School, Visiting Professor.
Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies, Harry Starr Fellow.


Full CV


Representative Publications

Arye Edrei and Doron Mendels, "Why Did Paul Succeed Where the Rabbis Failed? , Methodological Approaches to the Historical Jesus: The Second Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, Princeton 2007. Vol. II: The Transmission of Jesus Traditions, ed. J.H.  Charlesworth and P. Pokporny, 2 volumes,  (2014) , pp. 361- 399 (Grand Rapid, Eerdmans).


Arye Edrei, "From Orthodoxy to Religious Zionism: Rabbi Kook and the Sabbatical Year Polemic", Dine Israel: studies in Halakhah and Jewish Law Vol. 26-27, pp. 45-145, 2009-2010.


Arye Edrei, "Holocaust Memorial: A paradigm of Religious Memories in the Religious and secular Society in Israel” Interdisciplinary Approach to Memory, (D. Menels editor),  Peter Lang 2007, 37-134.


Arye Edrei, "The Validity of an Erroneous Ruling Issued by the Court", Haninah Ben-Menachem, Arye Edrei,and Neil Hecht (eds): Windows onto Jewish Legal Couture: Fourteen Explanatory Essays, Vol 1-2. Routledge 2012, pp. 131-172 .


Arye Edrei, “Law, Interpretation, and Ideology: The Renewal of the Jewish Laws of War in the State of Israel",Cardozo Law review, Vol. 28, October 2006, No. 1, pp. 187-227.


Arye Edrei, "Spirit and Power: Rabbi Shlomo Goren and the Military Ethic of the Israel Defense Force", Theoretical Inquires in Law, Vol. 7, 2005-6 pp. 255-297.


Arye Edrei,"The Historical and Ideological Roots of the Polemic on Conversion (Giyur) in Israel", Shenaton Ha-Mispat Ha-Ivri, Hebrew University, Vol. 27 (2013) pp. 1-59. [Hebrew]


Arye Edrei, “Why Teach Jewish Law”, Iyuniy Mishpat ,Tel-Aviv U. Law Review, Vol. 25 (2001) pp. 467-487. [Hebrew]


Arye Edrei, “The Beit Din’s Prerogatives in Marital Law”, Shenaton Ha-Mispat Ha-Ivri, Hebrew University, Vol. 21 (2000) pp. 1-36. [Hebrew]


Arye Edrei,”'To Fulfill the Wishes of the Deceased’: On the Validity of Wills in Rabbinic Literature”, Hebrew Union College Annual Vol. LXIX (1998) pp. 101-141 [Hebrew]



Full CV

Tel Aviv University makes every effort to respect copyright. If you own copyright to the content contained
here and / or the use of such content is in your opinion infringing, Contact us as soon as possible >>