Yonatan Brafman

Yonatan Brafman is a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University’s Department of Religion, specializing in Philosophy of Religion and Jewish Philosophy. His dissertation is entitled "Critical Philosophy of Halakha: The Justification of Halakhic Norms and Authority." He holds a M.A. and M.Phil. in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia. In 2012-13 he was a Visiting Tikvah Doctoral Scholar at the The Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at the New York University School of Law. From 2008 to 2010, he was a fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at the Cardozo School of Law. He graduated Columbia College summa cum laude in 2007 with a B.A. in Religion and Psychology. He also attended Pembroke College, University of Oxford, as a visiting student where he studied Oriental Studies and Theology. He has studied Jewish law and philosophy at Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem. His research centers on the relationship between philosophy and law in modern Jewish philosophy