Dr. Shay Wozner

מנהלת הפקולטה למשפטים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Shay Wozner
Phone: 03-6408278
Office: Minkoff - Law, 424


Shai Wozner is a senior lecturer in Tel Aviv university faculty of law and the director of the Taubenschlag Institute of Criminal Law, TAUHe studied in Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem, received his B.A. in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University, and LL.B, LL.M, and LL.D (Cum laude) From the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem till 2007. In 2012-2013 he was a Berkowitz Fellow at the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization, NYU law school. 

Shai Wozner received the Silberg Prize, from Hebrew University Faculty of Law (2006); the Cegla Prize, from the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law, TAU (2009); and the Zeltner Prize to Junior Legal Scholar, from TAU and Rotary (2011). 

Shai Wozner is the co-author (with H. Ben-Menahem and N. Hecht) of the three volumes Controversy and Dialogue in the Halakhic Sources (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002), and the  author of  Legal Thinking in the Lithuanian Yeshivot (Magnes Press 2016).

Research Interests and Teaching

Jewish law and Halakhic jurisprudence, Talmudic and Rabbinical literature, philosophy of law, criminal law and criminal procedure.


  B.A. Talmud, Bar-Ilan University
  LL.B, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  Articles, member of Israeli Bar Association
  LL.M. (cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  LL.D. (cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 


Academic Appointments

Since 2007 Lecturer, Faculty of Law Tel Aviv University
2013 Berkowitz Fellow,The Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization, NYU School of Law


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Representative Publications

Controversy and Dialogue in the Halakhic Sources – Sources and Commentary, (with Hanina Ben-Menahem)

The Institute for Research in Jewish Law, The Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, pp. 50+598, 2002, (Hebrew) 


Legal Thinking in the Lithuanian Talmudic Academies

The Hebrew University Magnes Press (2016)



Ontological and Naturalistic Thinking in Talmudic law

Dine Israel 25, pp. 41-97, 2008, (Hebrew)


Annulment of Marriage: A New Interpretation of the Talmudic Rule

Dine Israel 26-27, pp. 27-48, 2010 (Hebrew)


On the Duty to Obey the Law in Halakhic Thought: Reflections on the Thesis of R. Shimon Shkop.

Jewish Law Association Studies 20, 353-360, (2010)


Conduct Rules, Decision Rules and Court Decisions

Tel Aviv U. Law R. 32, pp.  305-337, 2010 (Hebrew)


Self-Defense, Necessity, Proportionality and the Duty to Retreat

Bar Ilan Law Studies 27(1), 315 (2011) (Hebrew)


On Conduct Rules and Decision Rules in Jewish Law

The Jewish Law Annual 19, pp. 165-179 (2012)


The Reform Halakhah: Reflections on ‘Sane Halakhah’ of Rabbi Moshe Zemer.

To be published in: Reform Judaism: Sociology, Education and Theology, (Magnes Press and Van Leer Institute), (2014)


Theoretical Analysis of Halachic Prohibitions

Dine Israel (forthcoming, 2014)


Maimonides and Rabad on the Fundamental Articles of Faith

To be published in The Jews in Marseilles conference book (2014)


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