Yonatan Y. Brafman is a visiting research associate. His home institution is the Jewish Theological Seminary of American, where he is assistant professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics and the director of the MA Program in Jewish Ethics. His research focuses on the intersection of Jewish thought, Jewish law, and contemporary moral and legal philosophy. He also studies the implications of religious practice for critical social theory and praxis.
He has published or has forthcoming articles on these topics in the Journal of Religious Ethics and Diné Israel, Studies in Halakhah and Jewish Law. He is coeditor, with Leora Batnitzky, of an anthology titled Jewish Legal Theories. He is currently working on a manuscript titled Critique of Halakhic Reason: From Divine Norms to Social Normativity.
He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Jewish Thought from the Department of Religion at Columbia University, where he also received his BA, MA, and MPhil. He has held fellowships in the Department of Religion and Program in Judaic Studies at Princeton University (2014–2015), the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University Law School (2012–2013), and the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (2008–2010).
He has taught philosophy of religion and Jewish thought and ethics at Princeton University, Columbia University, Yeshivat Hadar, and Yeshivat HaKotel.