Jewish Law and the Constitution Series: Part 7

Redefining Parenthood - Avishalom Westreich College of Law and Business, Israel The concept of “natural parenthood” has been widely replaced by “functional parenthood,” “psychological parenthood,” and similar concepts. These terms reflect dramatic changes in family structures and their treatment under the law in the U.S. and worldwide. How has Jewish legal practice responded to these changes? Does Jewish law acknowledge non-traditional family structures, such as surrogacy and egg donation? This lecture will examine discussions of assisted reproductive technologies in Jewish law against the backdrop of wider conceptual and legal shifts.