Hauptman received a degree in Talmud from the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at Jewish Theological Seminary, a B.A. in economics from Barnard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Talmudic studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Hauptman was ordained as a rabbi in May 2003 by the Academy for Jewish Religion. She is presently the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics.
Rabbi Hauptman has written on issues of Talmudic Law and on women's issues in Rabbinic and modern Judaism. Her view is that the ancient rabbis gradually granted women more autonomy and enacted laws that dealt with women in a fairer manner.
- Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice (1987).
- Development of the Talmudic Sugya: Relationship Between Tannaitic and Amoraic Sources (1988).
- "Abortion: Where We Stand" (United Synagogue Review, Spring 1990).
- "Women in the Conservative Synagogue," in Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1992)/
- "A Time to Mourn, A Time to Heal" (Celebration and Renewal, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1993).
- "Judaism and a Just Economy," (Tikkun, January/February 1994).
- "Conservative Judaism: The Ethical Challenge of Jewish Feminism" (The Americanization of the Jews, New York: New York University Press, 1995).
- "Mishnah as a Response to Tosefta" (The Synoptic Problem in Rabbinic Literature, Shaye J.D. Cohen, Brown Judaic Series, 2000).
- Rereading the Mishnah (Text and Studies in Ancient Judaism 109), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (2005).
- Judith Hauptman at Virtual Jewish Library
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