The Open University of Israel
Dr. Ophir Münz-Manor

Dr. Ophir Münz-Manor

Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies

Updated: March  2017
 

Personal

Tel: 972-9-7782231

Fax: 972-9-7781416

E-mail: ophirmm@openu.ac.il

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Education

2007 Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dissertation:
"Studies in Figurative Language of Pre-Classical Piyyut"
2002 M.A.(magna cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(Hebrew literature).
Thesis:"Elazar Birabi Qilir: Liturgical Poems for Hanukkah: A Critical Edition Based on Manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah"
2000 B.A. (magna cum laude), Hebrew Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Research Fields

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Academic Positions

2010 - Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2008-2009 Visiting Faculty, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2007-2008 Fellow, Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
2006-2007 Visiting Scholar, Department of Religious Studies, Brown University
2003-2005 Junior Research Fellow, Scholion – Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2001-2005 Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1999-2001 Teaching Assistant, Department of Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Professional Memberships

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Awards, Fellowships and Grants

2011-2014 Allon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers, Council for Higher Education
2011 Research Grant, The Research Authority, The Open University of Israel, "Dynamics between Piyyut and Midrash" (Following a proposal to the ISF)
2009 Research Grant, The Research Authority, The Open University of Israel, "Dialogical Poetry from the Cairo Genizah"
2007-2008 David and Penina Zoller Fellowship - Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
2006-2007 Rothchild Postdoctoral Fellowship – Yad Hanadiv Foundation
2005-2006 Mark Uveeler Special Doctoral Scholarship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
2005 Travel Grant, Dorot Foundation
2004 The Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines, Authority for Research and Development, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2003-2006 Doctoral Research Fellowship, Scholion – Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2002-2003 Graduate Student Fellowship, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2001 I. Tishbi Outstanding Graduate Student Award, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
2000 J. Burla Undergraduate Student Prize, Department of Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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List of Publications

Books

Edited Books

Book Chapters

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Refereed Journal Articles

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Dictionary Entries

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Book Review

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Translation

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Work in Progress

Books

Articles / Chapters


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Refereed Conference Papers

2014 "The Liturgist as Author," Tenth Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Paris, France, July 20-24.
2013 "The Ritualization of Narration in Jewish and Christian Liturgical Poetry," Patristic Studies in the Twenty-First Century, Jerusalem, June 25-27
2012 "Dynamics between Verse and Prose in Jewish Texts from the Early Byzantine Period," Byzantine Studies Association of North America Annual Meeting, Boston, October 1-4
2012 "Ut Pictura Poesis? On the Connections between Liturgical Poetry and Mosaic Pavements in Late Antique Churches and Synagogues",  Tradition and Transition in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Cultures, Woolf Institute, The University of Cambridge, 24-26.
2011 "The Ancient Synagogue in its Byzantine-Christian Context: The Case of Hebrew Liturgical Poetry (Piyyut)", ASOR Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 16-19.
2011 "The Dynamics Between Piyyut and Midrash,", Medieval Hebrew Poetry Colloquium, Ruhr Universität, Bochum, Germany, July 18-20.
2011 "Towards a Holistic Approach to the Study of Piyyut and Midrash: The Case of the Ascension of Moses Narratives," SBL International Meeting, London, July 4-8.
2010 "Wings of Change: Angels in Palestinian and Italian Piyyut," Ninth Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Ravenna, Italy, July 25-29.
2010 "Andalusian Poetry and Israeli Rock Music," The twenty-fourth Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, The Open University of Israel, June 21-22 (Hebrew).
2009 "Priests and Sages: On the Status of Piyyut in Late Ancient Jewish Culture," Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 2-6 (Hebrew).
2009 "Liturgy, Ritual and Myth: Between the Sidrei Avodah and the Byzantine Anaphoras," The twenty-third Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, Bar Ilan University, June 8-9 (Hebrew).
2009 "A Fourth Century Samaritan Hymn by Marqa," Back to the Sources - An International Workshop on Jewish and Christian Liturgy, Ben Gurion University, February 24-26.
2009 "The Liturgy of St. Basil and the Jewish Seder Avodah - A Comparative Perspective," The Byzantine Society of Israel Annual Meeting, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, February 5 (Hebrew).
2007 "Many Voices, One Choir: Poetry and Poetics in Late Antiquity - A Comparative Approach," AJS Annual Meeting, Toronto, December 16-18.
2007 "When Poetry Does Not Follow Religious Affiliation: Christian and Jewish Poets on Body and Soul," Syriac Symposium V, University of Toronto, June 25-27.
2006 "Carnivalesque Ambivalence and the Christian Other in Jewish poems from Byzantine Palestine," The Medieval Hebrew Poetry Colloquium, Harvard University, August 27-29.
2006 "Jewish and Syriac Hymnography in the Fourth Century," Dorushe Conference on Syriac Pedagogy, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, February 3-5.
2005 "Allegoria non Grata? On the Status of Allegory in the Hebrew liturgical Poetry of Late Antiquity," National Association of Professors of Hebrew Annual Conference, Stanford University, June 19-22, 2005; Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, July 31 - August 4 (Hebrew).
2004 "Imagined Journeys – Literature, History and the Production of Travel Narratives in Sixteenth-Century Yemenite ‘Book of Ethics’," The Early Modern Travel Narrative, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, April 30 - May 1.
2003 "Barrenness, Birth and the Poetics of Redemption According to Hebrew Poems from Late Antiquity," Birth as Experience and as Metaphor, Jerusalem, November 11-13.
2003 "The Wandering Jerusalem of the Montanist Movement," Challenging the Boundaries – Annual Meeting of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Istanbul, June 22-26.
2003 "Is Cultural Poetic of the Cairo Genizah Possible?," What’s New? Innovations in the Current Study of Jews and Judaism, Jerusalem, April 30 - May 1 (Hebrew).
2001 "Amir Gilboa’s Poetry and the Ancient Piyyut," Thirteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, July 22-26 (Hebrew).
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Invited Lectures

2015 "Historiogrsphical Accounts Concerning the Birth of Late Antique Liturgical Poetry,", Sacred Songs in the Late Antique and Byzantine East,  Brown University, May 3-6
2015 "The Birth of the Author in Late Antique Jewish Culture," University of California, Berkeley, April 29 
2014 "Creation of the World in Piyyut," Biblical Epics, Cambridge University, November 16-17 
2014 "The Evil Inclination in Early Piyyut," The Origins of Sin, Cambridge University, September 2-4
2014 "Representattions of Christianity in Late Antique and Medieval Piyyut," Religiously Motivated Violence, München Universität, March 9-12
2014 "Liturgical Poetry and the Creation of Ritual Space," Placing Ancient Texts: The Rhetorical and Ritual Use of Space, Princeton University, March 23-26
2013 "The Birth of the Author: Piyyut, Midrash and the Question of Authorship", Genesis Rabbah: Text and Contexts, Princeton University, March 3-5
2013 'The Binding of Isaac in Jewish Palestinian Aramaic and Syriac Liturgical Poetry,' The Liturgy of the Samaritans, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, February 3-7
2012 "Ritual, Sacred Space and Creation Narratives in early Judaism and Christianity", Religious Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, March 29
2010 "Hekhalot Literature and Medieval Piiyut", Hekhalot Literature Reconsidered, Princeton University, November 14-16
2010 "The Ritualization of Creation in Late Antique Jewish and Christian Liturgical Texts," In the Beginning: Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity, Princeton University, May 2-4.
2009 "Late Antique Hymnography and Biblical Poetry," Liturgie und Dichtung im Neuen Testament, Universität Münster, December 1-3.
2009 "Joseph and Mrs. Potiphar - A Case Study in Comparative Hymnography," Ancient Ornamentalism: Sacred Poetry and the Aesthetic of Late Antiquity - Research Workshop, Ohio State University, October 18-21.
2009 "Mixed Feelings? On the Representations of Christianity in Late Antique and Medieval Jewish Liturgical Poetry," The Middle Ages Now, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, March 26 (Hebrew).
2008 "Isaac Redivivus: Toward a Cultic Understanding of Late Antique Poetry," Gruss Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, April 30.
2007 "The Binding(s) of Isaac: Poetic Creativity and Religious Discourse in Late Antiquity," Religious Studies Colloquium, Brown University, November 27.
2006 "From Ephrem to Yannai: The Rise of Jewish Hymnography," Zur Entwicklung der Liturgie in Judentum und Christentum, Aachen, November 19-21.
2005 "Structural Ornamentations and Figurative Language in the Ancient Piyyut," Conference in Memory of Menachem Zulay, Ben Zvi Institiute, Jerusalem, February 5-6 (Hebrew).
2004 "Sarah’s Barrenness in Light of Yannai’s Poetry," Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, April 28.
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Other Professional Activities


2015 Co-organizer, Workshop in Comparative Hymnography, Brown University, USA (May 3-6).
2012 Member, Seminar on Digital Paleography, Leibniz Zentrum für Informatik, Schloss Dagstuhl, September 19-21
2011 Organizer, Textual Workshop on Late Antique and Medieval Piyyut for the Medieval Hebrew Poetry Poetry Colloquium, Ruhr Universität, Bochum, Germany (July 18-20).
2010 Organizer, Session on the study of Piyyut in its Byzantine context for the Ninth Congress of the European Association for Jewish Studies, Ravenna, Italy (July 25-29).
2010 Co-organizer, The twenty-fourth Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, The Open University of Israel (June 21-22).
2009 Co-organizer, Workshop in Comparative Hymnography, Ohio State University, USA (October 19-21).
2007 Organizer, Session on the comparative study of late antique liturgical poetry for the thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies , Toronto, Canada (December 16-18).
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Administration

2015- Chair, Curriculum Committee
2013 - Chair, Labor Union of the Senior Faculty 
2012 - 2013 Chair, Disciplinary Committee
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