Updated: January 2010
- Academic Appointments
- Teaching Experience
- Administrative Activities
- Research Fields
- Scholarships and Awards
- Membership on Boards and Editorial Boards
- Membership in Professional Societies
- Supervision of Higher Degrees
- List of Publications
|1997|| Ph.D., Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dissertation: The Concept of Death in the ‘Book of Life’ (Sefer ha-Hayyim) by Rabbi Shimon Frankfurt; Advisors: Profs. Zeev Gries, Moshe Idel, and Yosef Kaplan
|1990|| M.A. (summa cum laude), Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Thesis: Death in the Thought of the Kabbalist Rabbi Naftali Hakohen Katz; Advisor:Prof. Zeev Gries
|1985||B.A., Philosophy and Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2007-||Head, Judaic Studies section, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel|
|2005-2008||Head, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel|
|2003-||Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel|
|2001-2003||Candidate for Senior Academic Faculty, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel|
|2000-2001||Research Fellow, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University|
|1998-2000||Teaching Fellow, Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa|
|1997-1998||Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University|
|1988-1997||Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2005||Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University
Course: Encounters with the Dead Jewish Culture
|2000-2001||Lecturer, Ben-Gurion University.
Courses: Death in Medieval Jewish Society: The Encounter between Thought and History
|1998-2000||Lecturer, University of Haifa
Courses: Readings in the Zohar; Religion and Society in the Thought of Hasidei Ashkenaz; Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; Death in Jewish Thought and Custom; The Messianic Idea in Judaism (with Prof. Kellner)
|1996-1997, 2000||Lecturer, Technion: Department of Humanities
Courses: Introduction to Kabbalah; Modern Jewish Thought
|1999||Lecturer, School for Overseas Students, Ben-Gurion University
Course: Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
|1988–1998||Teaching Assistant, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Courses: Death in Thought and Custom; The Genre of Jewish Ethical Wills; Kabbalah, Practical Kabbalah, and Sabbatianism; Chapters in Philosophical Ethical Literature; The Treatise Shnei Luhot ha-Berit; Bibliographical Guidance in Jewish Thought; Exercise for Introduction to Jewish Thought; Sefer Hasidim, Hovot ha-Levavot, Emunot ve-De’ot (Reading course)
|1999||Lecturer, Yezreel Valley College.
Course: The Mystical Experience in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
|1996-1997||Academic Coordinator, Twelfth World Congress of Jewish Studies; World Union of Jewish Studies|
- Jewish mysticism
- Jewish ethical literature
- Jewish attitudes toward death
- Jewish ritual
- History of the book
Scholarships and Awards
|2003-2004||Research grant, The Ben-Zvi Institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2000||Post-doctoral scholarship, The Board of Higher Education, Ben-Gurion University|
|1999||Warburg Prize, Hebrew University|
|1997||Fellowship, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University|
|1997||Scholarship, Institute for Jewish Studies, Hebrew University|
|1996||Abraham Isaac Katch Award to an outstanding doctoral student: Hebrew University|
|1995||Scholarship, Institute for Jewish Studies, Hebrew University|
|1995||Scholarship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture|
|1994||Yaniv Foundation Scholarship, Tel-Aviv University|
|1994||Niselevich Prize: Institute for Jewish Studies, Hebrew University|
|1993||Gerstenfeld Prize: The Center for the Study of Dutch Jewry, Hebrew University|
|1992-1995||Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students in the Humanities, The Council for Higher Education|
Membership on Boards and Editorial Boards
|2001-||Editor, Pe’amim: Studies in Oriental Jewry, Ben-Zvi Institute, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2007-||Board member, The Israeli Historical Society|
|2008-||Board member, The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People|
|1996-1997||Editorial Secretary, Jewish Studies, World Union for Jewish Studies|
|1986-1990||Editorial Secretary, Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
Membership in Professional Societies
- Israeli Historical Society (Board Member)
- World Union for Jewish Studies
- American Association for Jewish Studies
- European Association for Jewish Studies
- American Academy of Religion
Supervision of Higher Degrees
|2008-present||Nisim Hamawi, Tel-Aviv University (with Prof. Gidi Bohak)
Ph.D. Thesis - Magic in the Writings of R. Abraham Hamoi
|2005-present||Orit Ramon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with Prof. Israel Yuval)
Ph.D. Thesis - The order of the world as reflected in ‘Or Hadash’ - Maharal’s commentary on the Book of Esther
|2004||Sachi Ogimoto, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, School for Overseas Students
M.A. Thesis - Sefer Or Zaru’a by R. David Ben Yehudah he-Hasid
List of Publications
Articles and Chapters in Refereed Books
- Ausdrucksformen jüdischer Religiosität in Deutschland zu Beginn der Neuzeit. In Handbuch der Religionsgeschichte im deutschsprachigen Raum, Bd. IV, Beitrag Reformiertentum, ed. Kaspar von Greyerz, Paderborn: Schöningh, 2010 (forthcoming).
- Between the World of the Texts and the World of the Readers. In Chava Turniansky Jubilee Volume, ed. Kaspar von Greyerz, Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2010 (Hebrew, forthcoming).
- A Living Citizen in a World of Dead Letters: Steinschneider Remembered. In Moritz Steinchneider, ed. Gad Freudenthal, Leiden: Brill 2010 (forthcoming).
- a. Amsterdam and the Inception of the Jewish Republic of Letters. In Studies in Dutch Jewry, ed. Yosef Kaplan. Jerusalem: Center for Research on Dutch Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 200: 225-237.
b. Between Library Awareness and the Jewish Republic of Letters (Hebrew). In Libraries and Book Collections, eds. Yosef Kaplan and Moshe Sluhovsky. Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center for Jewish History, 2006: 201-224.
- Cercles messianiques: les mouvements messianiques des Juifs d'Orient. In Le monde sépharade, ed. Shmuel Trigano. Paris: Le Seuil, 2006: 171-190.
- Death and Mourning among Oriental Jewry (Hebrew). In Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: The Life Cycle, ed. Shalom Sabar, series ed. Haim Saadoun. Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute, 2006: 281-323.
- Story, Ritual and Metaphor: Comprehending the day of Death as a Spiritual Exercise and the internal War in Jewish Ethical Literature (Hebrew). In Peace and War in Jewish Culture, ed. Avriel Bar-Levav. Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center for Jewish History, 2006: 145-163.
- Reading Grave Inscriptions and Looking at the Sky: Some Aspects of Magic and Memory in Jewish Culture. In Memoria: Wege jüdischen Erinnerns: Festschrift für Michael Brocke, eds. Birgit Klein and Christiane E. Müler, Berlin 2005: 41-52.
- The Bridge to the Human: The Myth of Tantalus in the Story of the Marriage of a Man and Demon (Hebrew). In The Cradle of Creativity: Shlomo Giora Shoham Jubilee Volume, ed. Chemi Bin-Nun. Tel Aviv 2004: 199-206.
- Leon Modena and the Invention of the Jewish Death Tradition. In The Lion Shall Roar: Leon Modena and His World, ed. David Malkiel. Jerusalem: Magnes, 2003: 85-102.
- a. Jewish Ethical Wills as Egodocoments (Hebrew). In The Past and Beyond: Festschrift for Elazar Weinrib, eds. Amir Horowitz, Ora Limor, Ram Ben-Shalom and Avriel Bar-Levav. Raanana: The Open University, 2006: 263-282.
b. 'When I was Alive': Jewish Ethical Wills as Egodocoments. In Egodocuments and History: Autobiographical Writing in its Social Context since the Middle Ages, ed. Rudolf Dekker, Rotterdam: Erasmus University Rotterdam and Hilversum Verloren, 2002: 45-59.
- Ritualization of Death and Life: The Ethical Will of Rabbi Naphtali Ha-Kohen Katz. In Judaism in Practice, ed. Lawrence Fine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001: 155-167.
- Pinchas Hakohen Peli: A Biography (Hebrew). In Rabbi Professor Peli Memorial Volume, ed. Aviv Melzer. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press, 1998: 157-165.
- Bibliography of Pinchas Hakohen Peli. In Rabbi Professor Peli Memorial Volume, ed. Aviv Melzer. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press, 1998: 166-214.
Articles in Refereed Journals
- On the Absence of a Book from a Library: Gershom Scholem and the Shulhan Arukh. Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture 6 (2009): 71-73.
- Magic in Jewish Ethical Literature (Hebrew). Tarbiz 72 (2003): 389-414
- a. Another Place: The Cemetery in Jewish Culture (Hebrew). Pe'amim 98-99 (2003): 5-38. b. We Are Where We Are Not: The Cemetery in Jewish Culture. Jewish Studies 41 (2002):15-46.
- Ritualisation of Jewish Life and Death in the Early Modern Period. Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 47 (2002): 69-82.
- Death and the (Blurred) Boundaries of Magic: Strategies of Coexistence. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 7 (2002): 51-64.
- Dying by the Book: Jewish Books for the Sick and the Dying, and the Ritualization of Death in the Early Modern Period (Hebrew). Zmanim 73 (2000): 71-78.
- Games of Death in Jewish Books for the Sick and the Dying. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 5 (2000): 11-34.
- Books for the Sick and the Dying in Jewish Conduct Literature (Hebrew). Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 14 (1998): 341-391.
- Rabbi Aaron Berakhiah of Modena and Rabbi Naftali Hakohen Katz: Founding Fathers of Books for the Sick and the Dying (Hebrew). Asufot 9 (1995): 189-233.
- Peace and War in Jewish Culture (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center, 2006.
- The Past and Beyond: Festschrift for Elazar Weinrib (with A. Horowitz, O. Limor, and R. Ben-Shalom). Raanana: The Open University, 2006.
- A Detailed Index of The Wisdom of the Zohar by Isaiah Tishby and Y. F. Lachower (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, forthcoming.
Review of "The Library of Gershom Scholem on Jewish Mysticism: Catalogue" (Hebrew). Jewish Studies, 39 (1999), 201-209.
- Der Name Gottes und seine Zhal. Kalonymos: Beiträge zur deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte aus dem Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institute, 7 (2004), 7.
- Jewish rituals for the sick and dying. Sh’ma, 34/603 (September 2003), 11.
- The Sabbath and the other (2001). In M. Gerzy & B. Zimmerman (eds.), The Seventh Day: Israeli Scholars and Artists write about their Sabbath. Tel- Aviv: Miskal, 2001, 149-161 (Hebrew).
- Translation from English into Hebrew of David Halivni (1996). The Book and the Sword: a Life of Learning in the Shadow of Death. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Hebrew translation published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999.
- Translation from English into Hebrew: Moshe Idel (1993). Kabbalah: New Perspectives. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. Hebrew translation published by Schocken, 1993.
Newspaper articles (selected)
- Prince Charming of Hebrew in Print: a Review of Zeev Gries’s The Book as an Agent of Change 1700-1900, Haaretz Books, 11 September 2002; English translation: Haaretz English Edition, 15 September 2002.
- Accepting Demons. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 1 October 2001 (Hebrew).
- A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Breslov Hasidism: on David Assaf’s Book. (Hebrew). Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 31 March 2000 (Hebrew). English translation: Haaretz English Edition, 24 March 2000.
- The Strength of Quiet Knowledge: on the Occasion of Shmuel Werses’ Eighty-fifth Birthday. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 19 May 2000 (Hebrew).
- The Cry of the Library: on the Catalogue of the Gershom Scholem Library. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 25 September 1999 (Hebrew).
- The Nation and its Library. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 3 March 1996 (Hebrew).
- Invisible Libraries in Jewish Culture. Magnificent Books and Impressive Texts: Prolegomena to a Jewish Book History, Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, 2009
- Putting Jewish Book in Order. Reading across Cultures: the Jewish Book and Its Readers in the Early Modern Period, Workshop, Harvard University, 2009
- Paratexts in the Works of Maharal. Maharal of Prague: Four Hundred Years since his Death, International Conference, Van Lear Jerusalem Institute, 2009
- Library Awareness in the National Library: Bibliography, Ideology, and Zionism. The 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2009
- Between the Living and the Dead. The Jewish Cemetery in Yeghegis and Armenian Hebrew inscriptions, International symposium, Armenia, 2009
- The Aura of Books in Jewish Culture. 2 lectures at the Centre d'Études Juives, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and Centre de Recherches Historiques (CRH), Paris, 2009
- The Antwerp Moment (Concluding Panel). The Jewish Book in a Christian World, International Conference, University of Antwerp, 2008
- The Wisdom of the Zohar. Kabbalah and Modernity, International conference, University of Amsterdam, 2008
- Steinschneider and Modern Hebrew. Bibliographie und Kulturtransfer, International conference, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 2007
- From Ethical Wills to Blogs (Hebrew, with Yoav Yair). Conference of the Chase Center, The Open University of Israel, 2007
- Jewish Libraries of Memory. The Concept of Memory in Jewish and East Asian Cultures, University of Haifa, 2007
- Charity and Death. Charity and Piety in the Middle East in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Continuity and Transformation. International Conference, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, 2007
- Doing Things in the Right Time in Hebrew Nineteenth Century Autobiographies. Controlling Time and Shaping the Self: The Rise of Autobiographical Writing since 1750, International Conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 2006
- When a Rabbi Writes an Autobiography: Portrayal of the Self in the work of Rabbi Bension Avraham Koenka. Portrayal of the Self, International Conference , University of Groningen, 2005
- Death, People and Books. North American Hevra Kadisha Conference, New York, 2005
- Death of Moses (Hebrew). Moses in Jewish Culture, Bar-Ilan University, 2005
- Amsterdam and the Inception of the Jewish Republic of Letters. 10th International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, The Hebrew University, 2004
- Death and Culture (Hebrew). Haim Schwartzbaum Memorial Lecture in Jewish and Arabic Folklore, Ben-Gurion University, 2004
- Expressions of Jewish Religiosity: The Case of Germany in the Early Modern Period (Hebrew). Interuniversity Conference of the Depts. of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion Univ., 2003
- Magic and Memory in Jewish Culture (Hebrew). 22nd Interuniversity Conference on the Study of Folklore, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2003
- Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt: Printer-Scholar in Amsterdam, and the Inception of the Hebrew Republic of Letters. European Association for Jewish Studies VII Congress, Amsterdam, 2002
- Internalizing the Impossible to Grasp: Remembering the Day of Death (Hebrew). 13th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 2001
- The Intercultural Encounter in the Jewish Cemetery (Hebrew). 20th University Conference on Folklore, Ben-Gurion University
- Dialogues in the Jewish Cemetery. Art in Dialogue Colloquium, Witten-Herdeke Universität, Germany, 2001
- The Cemetery in Medieval Jewish Thought. Jüdische Sepulkrakultur und Grabsteinepigraphik, Steinheim Institute für Deutsche-Jüdische Geschichte Kolloquium, Universität Duisberg, 2000
- The Power of Words: Rabbi Naftali Hakohen Katz of Frankfurt: Between Halakha and Magic. Fach Jüdische Studien, Gerhard Mercator Universität, Duisberg, 2000
- Jewish Ethical Wills as Egodocuments. Egodocuments, Identity and History, International Conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 2000
- Daily Death of European Jews in the Early Modern Period. International Conference, Ben-Gurion University, 2000
- The Bookshelf of a Jewish Printer in the Early Modern Period: Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt and the Works He Chose to Print (Hebrew). Libraries and Book Collections, Annual Conference of the Israel Historical Society, Jerusalem, 2000
- In Search for the Prince of the Torah; Magic, Knowledge, and Memory (Hebrew). Secret Knowledge, Secret Forces: Magic, Demonology, and the Occult in Jewish Thought and Life, International Conference, Ben-Gurion University, Tel-Aviv University, and Shazar Institute, Jerusalem, 2000
- Whom Do the Demons Represent? (Hebrew). Conference of the Wolfson Chair for Jewish Thought, University of Haifa, 1999
- Magic and the Shaping of the Religious Personality in Jewish Ethical Literature (Hebrew), Amulets: On the Place of Magic in Jewish Culture and Society, Zalman Shazar Institute, 1999
- The Methodology of the Study of Jewish Attitudes towards Death. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Orlando, Florida, 1998
- Healing the Soul before Dying: The Case of Jewish Death Rituals in the Early Modern Period. Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion, Orlando, Florida, 1998
- Love, Fear, and Death in Jewish Tradition. The Historicity of Emotions, International Conference, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1998
- The Concept of Death in Sefer Hasidim. 29th Annual Conference of the American Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, 1997
- Formation and Transformation of Jewish Rituals in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Center for Jewish Studies, 1997
- Death and Magical Practices. Magic and Magic in Judaism, International Conference, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University, 1995
- The Wills of the Horwitz Family (Hebrew). 11th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1993
- Rabbi Naftali Hakohen Katz and the Hayyun Polemic (Hebrew). Interuniversity Conference of the Departments of Jewish Thought, Open University, Tel-Aviv, 1989