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Taragin-Zeller, Lea. 2023. The State of Desire: Religion and Reproductive Politics in the Promised Land. New York University Press.

Peer-reviewed articles

Taragin-Zeller L, Berenblum T, Brasil E, Rozenblum Y, Baram-Tsabari A (2023) Religious diversity and public health: Lessons from COVID-19. PLoS ONE 18(8): e0290107.

Taragin-Zeller Lea, Rozenblum Yael, Baram-Tsbari, Ayelet. 2022. “We think this way as a society!”: Community-level science literacy among ultra-Orthodox Jews. Public Understanding of Science. doi:10.1177/09636625221110106

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2021. A Rabbi of One’s Own? Navigating Religious Authority and Ethical Freedom in Everyday Judaism, American Anthropologist 123 (4), p. 833-845.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea and Edward Kessler, 2021. “It’s Not Doctrine, This Is Just How It Is Happening!”: Religious Creativity in the Time of COVID-19, Religions 12(9), 747

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, Rozenblum, Yael and Baram-Tsabari, Ayelet, 2020, “Public engagement with Science among Religious Minorities: Lessons from COVID-19”, Science Communication, 42 (5), p. 643-678.


Taragin-Zeller, Lea and Kasstan, Ben, 2020, “I didn’t know how to be with my husband”: State-Religion struggles over Sex Education in Israel and England, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 52 (1), p. 5-20. 

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2019, Conceiving God’s Children: Towards a Flexible Model of Reproductive Decision Making, Medical Anthropology, 38:4, p. 370-381. 


Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2019, Towards an Anthropology of Doubt: The Case of Religious Reproduction in Orthodox Judaism, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 18 (1), p. 1-20.  

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2017, “Have Six, Seven, or even Eight Children”: On the Daily Encounters between Rabbinical Authority and Personal Freedom, Judaism, Sovereignty and Human Rights, 3, p. 113-138 [in Hebrew].


Stadler, Nurit and Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2017, Like a Snake in Paradise: Fundamentalism, Gender and Taboos in the Haredi Community, Archives des Sciences Sociales des Religions, 177, p. 133-156. 


Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2014, Modesty for Heaven’s Sake: Authority and Creativity among Female Ultra-Orthodox Teenagers in Israel, Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues, 26, Spring 5774, p. 75-96.

Book chapters:


Taragin-Zeller, Lea and Nurit Stadler. 2022. “Religion in Contemporary Israel: Haredi Varieties” in Routledge Handbook on Contemporary Israel. Edited By Guy Ben-Porat, Yariv Feniger, Dani Filc, Paula Kabalo and Julia Mirsky. London and New York: Routledge. p. 274-286.

Taragin-Zeller, Lea, forthcoming, Hushed Words: Religious Elitism, Knowledge Conservation and the Stratified Reproduction of Israeli Orthodoxy”, in Rubin, Nissan and Shlomo Guzman-Carmeli (ed.), The Power of Words: Anthropological Explorations in Jewish Textuality, Jerusalem: Carmel Publishing House [in Hebrew], (invited article).


Taragin-Zeller, Lea, 2015, Between Beauty and Modesty: Reinterpreting Female Piety in the Israeli Haredi Community, In: Fishman Barack, Sylvia (ed.), Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families Today:  Paradoxes of the Gender Revolution, Waltham, Massachusetts: Brandeis University Press, p. 308-326. 

Book reviews:

2020, David Biale et al: Hasidism: A New History, Princeton University Press. Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books. See here.

2019, Imhoff, Sarah, Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism, Indiana University Press. Reading Religion: American Academy of Religion. See here.

Publications (Selected)

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