Tamar Ross

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Tamar Ross (Hebrew: תמר רוס) is a professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan University and considered one of the world's greatest experts on religious feminist philosophy.[citation needed]

Her areas of scholarly expertise include the thought of Abraham Isaac Kook, the modern Musar movement and the ideology of Mitnaggedism, and Judaism and gender. She is the author of books and articles on Jewish ethics and theology, contemporary issues in traditional Jewish thought, philosophy of halakha, and Orthodox Jewish feminism.

Ross makes a vital contribution to philosophical questions around gender in Judaism by arguing that feminism is not external to Torah but rather integral to it. She argues for the concept of evolving revelation, that is, that people learn more as history evolves and societies develop and mature, and argues against the concept of Yeridat ha-dorot, the idea that knowledge of Torah diminishes with time. She also argues against approaches of more liberal movements which address perceived flaws by challenging the divinity and religious validity of sacred texts and traditions, arguing that such an approach only undermined the foundations faith. She develops the metaphor of "Expanding the Palace of Torah", originally an idea of Abraham Isaac Kook, for an approach seeking to address contemporary concerns by expanding rather than undermining religious tradition.

Ross is on the Advisory Council of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA).[1]

Ross has published widely on many topics relating to Jewish thought and the philosophy of halakha and was selected by the Israeli government as torchbearer in the Independence Day ceremony of 2013 for her contribution to women's learning.[2]

JOFA Conferences[edit]

Ross attended the "First International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy: Exploring the Impact of Feminist Values on Traditional Jewish Women's Lives" in February 1997,[3] the "Second International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy: Exploring the Impact of Feminist Values on Traditional Jewish Life" in February 1998,[4] the "Fifth International Conference on Feminism & Orthodoxy: Zachar u’Neqevah Bara Otam: Women and Men in Partnership" in February 2004,[5] JOFA's "Join the Conversation" conference in 2010,[6] and JOFA's "It's For You: Voices For Change"conference in December of 2013.[2]


  • "The Cognitive Value of Religious Truth Claims: Rabbi A.I. Kook and Postmodernism", in Hazon Nahum: Jubilee Volume in Honor of Norman Lamm, December 1997, pp. 479–527.
  • "Modern Orthodoxy and the Challenge of Feminism", in Studies in Contemporary Jewry, edited by Jonathan Frankel, Eli Lederhendler, Peter Y. Medding and Ezra Mendelsohn. Institute of Contemporary Jewry and Oxford University Press, 2000, pp, 3-38
  • "Orthodoxy, Women, and Halakhic Change" (Hebrew), in The Quest for Halakha: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Jewish Law, edited by Amichai Berholz. Yediot Aharonot/Bet Morasha, 2003, pp. 387–438.
  • Expanding the Palace of Torah: Orthodoxy and Feminism. Brandeis University Press, 2004. ISBN 1-58465-390-6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "JOFA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-05.
  2. ^ a b "jofa 2013" (PDF).
  3. ^ "jofa 1997" (PDF).
  4. ^ "jofa 1998" (PDF).
  5. ^ "2004 Program" (PDF).
  6. ^ "JOFA 2010".

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