Elisha S. Ancselovits

Elisha teaches Halakha as Practical Philosophy at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and in Yeshivat Maale Gilboa,  and has taught Halakha at additional Orthodox and secular Israeli and European institutions. He has been a postdoctoral and guest researcher and lecturer in both Jewish studies and in legal theory at various universities in different continents and is currently a fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. Elisha, who holds rabbinic and judicial ordination (Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin), has a Ph.D. on the history of Jewish Law and an M.A. in Modern Jewish Studies aside from graduate studies in Medieval Jewish History. In addition, he has taught Biblical and Second Temple Law, critical Talmud, critical Zohar and Modern Jewish and European Philosophy. Most recently, he has advanced his mentoring of men and women sages (rabbis and upcoming dayyanim) by opening a kollel program, Bet Midrash Hukkim Hakhamim.

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Blog: http://halakhicwisdom.blogspot.com/


  • 2012. “The Prosbul – A Legal Fiction?” Jewish Law Annual 19:1-16.
  • 2012. Towards a New theory of Halakhic Development. PhD Dissertation, Liverpool Hope University.
  • 2010. “Embarrassment as a Means of Embracing Authorial Intent,” in Tzemah Yoreh, Aubrey Glazer, Justin Lewis, and Miryam Segal, eds. Vixens Disturbing Vineyards: The Embarrassment and Re-embracement of Scripture, A Festschrift Honoring Harry Fox leVeit Yoreh. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 325-358.
  • 2009. “Capitalism in Light of the Injunction against Taking Interest,” Bikurey HaPardes: A Journal of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Advanced Scholars Program (Kollel). 1:98-111.
  • 2007. “Using Formalist Language Appropriately for Halakhic Decision-Making,” Maagalim 5:157-184. (Hebrew)
  • 2005. “The Injunction Against Interest: An Economic and Moral Analysis,” Maagalim 4:112-123. (Hebrew)
  • 2001. “The Halakhic Status of Deaf-Mute People in Contemporary Reality,” Techumin 21:141-152. (Hebrew)
  • 2000. “Men Divorce – Women are Divorced: Explaining this Halakha as An Aid to Solving the Problem of Marriage for Secular [Israeli] Jews,” Maagalim 3:99-121. (Hebrew)
  • 2000. “Independent Judgment in Relation to God,” Amudim 635:32-33. (Hebrew)

Academic Papers:

  • 2012. “Beyond Deductive Dialectics: Rereading the Stama as Refracting Tannaitic Narrative Typifications.” Paper delivered to the Jewish Law Association International Conference at Yale University, July 31.
  • 2012. “Hukkim as Inexplicable Laws: An Ideological Innovation of the Tanhuma.” Paper delivered to the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, July 23.
  • 2009. “What is Pesak? An Emic Answer.” Paper delivered in writing on December 12 at the first Conference on Halakhah as a Language of Applied Values: Theory and Practice. Open Source – the Halakhah Think Tank of MACHON HADAR. New York, NY.

Contact: elishasimche@gmail.com