Joel Roth

Joel Roth is Louis Finkelstein Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Rabbi Roth also serves as Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The yeshiva, founded and maintained by United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, is under the academic auspices of JTS.

In addition to his teaching post, Rabbi Roth has held four key administrative positions at JTS, serving as dean of students of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies (then called Seminary College), director of the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education, and associate dean and dean of The Rabbinical School.

An expert in halakhah, Dr. Roth was appointed to the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards in 1978 and served on it until December 2006, including a period of eight years as chairman. In addition to articles and responsa for the committee, Rabbi Roth has written The Halakhic Process: A Systemic Analysis and Sefer ha-Mordecai: Tractate Kiddushin.

Dr. Roth received a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit. He also participated in the Herbert H. Lehman Institute of Talmudic Ethics, a special-studies program. He received his master's degree at JTS, where he was ordained in 1968. That same year, Rabbi Roth was appointed to the faculty of JTS, as he continued his studies toward a PhD in Talmud, which he received in 1973.


Published Works

Books

The Halakhic Process: A Systemic Analysis

Sefer ha-Mordecai: Tractate Kiddushin

Other Publications

"Melakhah u'Shevut: A Theoretical Framework." Conservative Judaism, vol. 35, no. 3: Spring 1982.

"Keruv and the Status of Intermarried Families." Coauthored with Daniel Gordis. Conservative Judaism, vol. 35, no. 4: Summer 1982.

"Ordination of Women: An Halakhic Analysis." Conservative Judaism, vol. 33, no. 1: Winter 1984.

"An Halakhic Perspective on an Historical Foundation." Conservative Judaism, vol. 34, no. 1, Winter 1985.

"Talmud: Jewish Study and Exegesis of." Dictionary of the Middle Ages, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.

"Communications." Conservative Judaism, vol. 39, no. 1: Fall 1986.

"Halakhah and History." The Seminary at 100, edited by Nina Beth Cardin and David Wolf Silverman. New York: The Rabbinical Assembly and The Jewish Theological Seminary, 1987.

"Pluralism in the Rabbinic Period: What Are Its Limits?" Shofar, vol. 6, no. 2: Winter 1988.

"Ordination of Women." The Ordination of Women as Rabbis: Studies and Responsa, edited by Simon Greenberg, New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary, 1988.

"Halakhah in Ramah." Ettenberg and Rosenfield, The Ramah Experience: Community and Commitment, New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary and the National Ramah Commission, 1989.

"The Obligation of Educating the Young in Rabbinic Literature." Elazar, Daniel, editor, Jewish Education and Jewish Statesmanship: Albert Elazar Memorial Book, Jerusalem: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, undated (about 1996).

"Shabbat and the Holidays." Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2001, pp. 1455–1459.

"Midrash and the Legal Process." Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2001, pp. 1470–1474.

Review of Samuel Morell's book, Studies in the Judicial Methodology of Rabbi David Ibn Abi Zimra. AJS Review, vol. 31, number 1, April 2007.

"Musings Toward a Personal Theology of Revelation." Yosef Green Festschrift

"Gufei Torah: The Limit to Halakhic Pluralism." Tiferet le-Yisrael, A Jubilee Volume in Honor of Israel Francus, New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary, 2009.

Responsa for the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards

The Observance of Yom Tov Sheni by Ramah Campers in Israel

"May a Minor Read from the Torah?" Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1980–1985, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1988, pp. 45–50.

"Hattafat Dam B'rit." Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1980–1985, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1988, pp. 69–71.

"Should the Kashrut of Conversions be Investigated?" Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1980–1985, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1988, pp. 87–92.

"Sociological Reality and Textual Traditions: Tension in the Ketubbah." Co-authored with Daniel Gordis, Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1980–1985, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1988, pp. 203–210.

Toward a Definition of Davar Hadash, co-authored with Jeffrey Bocarsly.

"Synagogue Honors for the Intermarried Jew: Holding Office and Aliyyot." Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1980–1985, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1988, pp. 169–172.

"A Standard of Rabbinic Practice Regarding Determination of Jewish Identity," with Akiba Lubow. Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1980–1985, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 1988, pp. 177–180.

Converting Married Gentiles

On the Ordination of Women as Rabbis

The Kashrut of Cheese: A New Issue

"The Status of the Daughters of Kohanim and Leviyim for Aliyyot." Proceedings of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, 1986–1990, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2001, pp. 419–434.

"Homosexuality." Responsa 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2002, pp. 613–675.

"Leasing for Shabbat," with Norman M. Krivosha. Responsa 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2002, pp. 53–57.

"Organ Donation: Artificial Limbs." Responsa 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2002, pp. 194–207.

"Organ Donation: Use of Animal Organs." Responsa 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standard of the Conservative Movement, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2002, pp. 208–211.

"Organ Donation: Live Donors: Blood and Bone Marrow." Responsa 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2002, pp. 212–256.

"Organ Donation: Live Donors: Kidneys." Responsa 1991–2000: The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement, New York: The Rabbinical Assembly, 2002, pp. 256–318.

Homosexuality Revisited

 

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