The Open University of Israel
Dr. Avriel Bar-Levav

Dr. Avriel Bar-Levav

Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies

Updated: January 2010
 

Personal

Tel: 972-9-7781371

Fax: 972-9-778-1416

E-mail: avribar@openu.ac.il

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Professional Education

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
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Academic Appointments

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
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Teaching Experience

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
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Administrative Activities

1996-1997 Academic Coordinator, Twelfth World Congress of Jewish Studies; World Union of Jewish Studies
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Research Fields

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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
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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
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Membership in Professional Societies

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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
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List of Publications

Articles and Chapters in Refereed Books

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. A Living Citizen in a World of Dead Letters: Steinschneider Remembered. In Moritz Steinchneider, ed. Gad Freudenthal, Leiden: Brill 2010 (forthcoming).
  4. 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.
  5. Cercles messianiques: les mouvements messianiques des Juifs d'Orient. In Le monde sépharade, ed. Shmuel Trigano. Paris: Le Seuil, 2006: 171-190.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Pinchas Hakohen Peli: A Biography (Hebrew). In Rabbi Professor Peli Memorial Volume, ed. Aviv Melzer. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press, 1998: 157-165.
  14. Bibliography of Pinchas Hakohen Peli. In Rabbi Professor Peli Memorial Volume, ed. Aviv Melzer. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press, 1998: 166-214.
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Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. On the Absence of a Book from a Library: Gershom Scholem and the Shulhan Arukh. Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture 6 (2009): 71-73.
  2. Magic in Jewish Ethical Literature (Hebrew). Tarbiz 72 (2003): 389-414
  3. 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.
  4. Ritualisation of Jewish Life and Death in the Early Modern Period. Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 47 (2002): 69-82.
  5. Death and the (Blurred) Boundaries of Magic: Strategies of Coexistence. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 7 (2002): 51-64.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Books for the Sick and the Dying in Jewish Conduct Literature (Hebrew). Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 14 (1998): 341-391.
  9. 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.
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Edited Books

  1. Peace and War in Jewish Culture (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center, 2006.
  2. The Past and Beyond: Festschrift for Elazar Weinrib (with A. Horowitz, O. Limor, and R. Ben-Shalom). Raanana: The Open University, 2006.
  3. A Detailed Index of The Wisdom of the Zohar by Isaiah Tishby and Y. F. Lachower (Hebrew). Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, forthcoming.
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Book Reviews

Review of "The Library of Gershom Scholem on Jewish Mysticism: Catalogue" (Hebrew). Jewish Studies, 39 (1999), 201-209.

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Others

  1. Der Name Gottes und seine Zhal. Kalonymos: Beiträge zur deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte aus dem Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institute, 7 (2004), 7.
  2. Jewish rituals for the sick and dying. Sh’ma, 34/603 (September 2003), 11.
  3. 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).
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Translations

  1. 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.
  2. Translation from English into Hebrew: Moshe Idel (1993). Kabbalah: New Perspectives. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988. Hebrew translation published by Schocken, 1993.
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Newspaper articles (selected)

  1. 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.
  2. Accepting Demons. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 1 October 2001 (Hebrew).
  3. 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.
  4. The Strength of Quiet Knowledge: on the Occasion of Shmuel Werses’ Eighty-fifth Birthday. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 19 May 2000 (Hebrew).
  5. The Cry of the Library: on the Catalogue of the Gershom Scholem Library. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 25 September 1999 (Hebrew).
  6. The Nation and its Library. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 3 March 1996 (Hebrew).
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Lectures (selected)

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