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Gideon Sapir

Gideon Sapir

Rabbi Gideon Sapir is a Professor of Law at Bar-Ilan University. He received his law degree from Bar-Ilan University, an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Northwestern University, and Rabbinical Ordination from Har-Etzion Yeshiva and the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. During the 2013-2014 academic year he will serve as a visiting scholar at Emory University and as the Spertus Institute Ezra Senisbar Visiting Professor. 

In addition to his academic work, Professor Sapir is involved in social and educational causes. He is the founder and academic supervisor of two legal clinics, one focused on disability rights and one on rights for the elderly. 

Before coming to Spertus, Professor Sapir was a teacher and counselor in high schools in both Israel and the US. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantry officer, finished a company commander's course, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.


Jewish Studies
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JD, Bar-Ilan University

LLM, Northwestern University

SJD, Northwestern University


Constitutional Revolution in Israel

Religion and State: Legal-Philosophical Inquiry

Essays in Honour of Izhak Englard (edited by Gideon Sapir and Daphne Barak Erez)

Research interests

Religion and state

Constitutional law

Constitutional theory


Religion and State in Israel