The Open University of Israel
Prof. Tzahi (Yitzhak) Weiss

Prof. Tzahi (Yitzhak) Weiss

Department of Literature, Language and the Arts

                                                                                                                                                    Updated: May 2015

 

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Address:
     Office: Tzahi Weiss, The Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University, 1 University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra'anana Israel, 4353701.
     Home: 39 HeChalutz st. #12, Jerusalem Israel, 9622236.

Date of Birth:    25.1.1978
Place of Birth:   Jerusalem, Israel
Personal Status: Married + 2
Citizenships:      Israel, USA

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Education

2008 Ph.D. Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Ph.D. Thesis Title: A Conceptual Examination of the Attitude towards Alphabetic Letters as Independent Units in Jewish and Culturally Affiliated Sources of Late Antiquity: Midrash, Mysticism and Magic.
Supervisors: Moshe Idel, Aminadav Dykman.
2004  M.A. Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  M.A Thesis Title: The Phenomenology of the Sinner and the Theurgical Implications of the Sin – a Theurgical Reading in Agnon's Short Stories.  Supervisor: Moshe Idel
Graduate of Revivim Honors Program for the Teaching of Jewish Studies Teachers, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2003  B.A.  Biblical Studies and Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
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Areas of Interest

Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity, Kabbalistic Literature between the 12th and the 14th centuries, Modern Hebrew Literature, Theology and Literature, Comparative Religion, Semiotics, Structural and Post-Structural Theories

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Academic Positions

2015- Associate Professor, The Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University of Israel.
2014-2015 Senior lecturer (Visiting), The Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University, Israel
2013-14 Academic Projects Director, The Shalem College, Jerusalem
2006-9, 11-13 Adjunct lecturer, The Department of Jewish Thought and Revivim Program The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2011-13 Adjunct lecturer, The Department of Literature and Ofakim Program, Tel Aviv University
2008-9 Adjunct lecturer, The Department of Literature of The Jewish People, Bar Ilan University.
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Visiting Scholar

2013-14 (fall term) The 'Centre d'Études Juives' at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris France.
2010-11 The Israel Council for Higher Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Tel-Aviv University.
2009-10 Rothschild Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Divinity School, University of Chicago.
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Awards and Fellowships

2014-17 The Israeli Council for Higher Education Yigal Alon Fellowship for Outstanding Young Researchers.
2012-13 The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Research Fellowship.
2010-11 The Israeli Council for Higher Education Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Tel-Aviv University.
2009-10 Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Divinity School at The University of Chicago.
2009-11 Kreitman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ben Gurion University, Be’er Sheva.(declined).
2008-12 Shalem Post-Doctoral Fellowship – The Shalem Center, Jerusalem.
2006-11 Research Fellow – Shalom Hartman Institute.
2006-8 Stephan & Irene Lipper prize in excellence: a full scholarship from the Institute of Jewish Studies and the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University.
2005-6 A Scholarship from the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University.
2005-6 Bahana Prize for an Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Jewish Thought.
2003-4 Mirella and Alberto De Picciotto Prize for excellent M.A Students in Jewish Thought.
2002-3: Dean’s list of academic excellence at the Hebrew University.
2001-2: Dean's prize of academic excellence at the Hebrew University.
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Books and Monographs

  • Tzahi Weiss, Cutting the Shoots: The Shekhinah in the World of Early Kabbalah, Magnes Press: Jerusalem 2015 [Hebrew] (forthcoming).
  • Tzahi Weiss, Letters by which Heaven and Earth were Created: The Origins and the Meanings of the Perceptions of Alphabetic Letters as Independent Units in Jewish Sources of Late Antiquity, Bialik Press: Jerusalem 2014 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, Death of the Shekhinah in S. Y. Agnon’s Oeuvre: a Reading in Four Stories and their Sources, Bar-Ilan University Press: Ramat-Gan 2009 [Hebrew].
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Articles in Refereed Journals

  • Michael Ebstein and Tzahi Weiss, 'A Drama in Heaven: 'Emanation on the Left' in Kabbalah and a Parallel Cosmogonic Myth in Ism?'?l? Literature', History of Religions 37p. (in print).
  • Yakir Paz and Tzahi Weiss, 'From Encoding to Decoding: The A?B? of R. Hiyya in Light of a Syriac, Greek and Coptic Cipher', The Journal of Near-Eastern Studies 74 (2015), pp. 45-65.
  • Tzahi Weiss, 'Most of the Errant Err in Malkhut': The Worship of the Shekhinah in Early Kabbalah', Tarbiz 82-2 (2014), p. 319-334 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Who is a Beautiful Maiden without Eyes? The Metamorphosis of a Zohar Midrashic Image from a Christian Allegory to a Kabbalistic Metaphor’, The Journal of Religion 93-1 (2013), pp. 60-76.
  •  Tzahi Weiss, ‘The Reception of Sefer Yetsirah and Jewish Mysticism in the Early Middle Ages’, The Jewish Quarterly Review, 103-1 (2013), pp. 26-46.
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Katerina and the Jew: a Few Notes about Appelfeld’s Katerina and Freud’s Katherina’, Studies in Jewish Narrative 3 (2013), pp. 485-495. [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘'Things that Are Better Concealed than Revealed': An Historical Biographical Study of S.Y. Agnon’s Attitude toward the Sabbatean Movement and the Traditional Jewish World’, AJS Review, 36 (2012), 103-120 .
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Soft and Hard: More Comments on the Syrian Context of Sefer Yetsirah’, Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical texts, 26 (2012), pp. 229-242 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Brief Comments on the Syrian Context of Sefer Yetsirah’, Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 22 (2011), pp. 75-89 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘On the Matter of Language: Creation of the World from Letters and Jacques Lacan's Perception of Letters as Real’, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 17 (2009), pp. 101-115.
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘S. Y. Agnon’s Ido and Einam and the Death of the Myth’, Reshit 1 (2009), pp. 261-277 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Different Traditions of Creation of the World from Letters’, Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical texts 17 (2008), pp.169-200 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Teaching the Bible as Misreading’, Hagut: Studies in Jewish Educational Thought 8 (2008), 141-163 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘The Perception of the Letters in the Samaritan 'Memar Marqah' and in its Equivalents in Rabbinic Sources and in the Book of Creation’, Jewish Studies 43 (2006), pp. 89-129 [Hebrew].
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Chapters in Books

  •  Tzahi Weiss, 'Gemula and the Golem: Reflections on Presumable conversions of 'Two Sages Who Were in Our City'', in: Autobibliography: Essays in Honor of Avidov Lipsker-Albeck, L. Nethanel and C. Rosenzweig (ed.), 15 p. [Hebrew] (in print). 
  • Tzahi Weiss, ''Gods Change': The Deconstruction of the Transcendent God and the Reconstruction of the Mythical Godhead in Yehuda Amichai's 'Open Closed Open'' in: Negative Theology as Jewish Modernity, M. Fegenblat (ed.), 16 p. (in print).
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘Listening to the Silent Crying of the Shekhinah: Mysticism in Modern Hebrew Literature - Between Textual Influence and Mythical Narrative’, in The No-One's Rose: Literature, Kabbalah and Mysticism, A. Elkayam and Sh. Mualem (eds.), Magnes Press: Jerusalem 22 p., [Hebrew] (in print).
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘A Metamorphosis in the Perception of God in Bialik’s Poetry’, in: Faith: Jewish Perspectives, A. Sagi and D. Schwarz (eds.), Boston 2013, pp. 500-512.
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘The 'Akedah' Complex and Aharon Appelfeld's Attitude towards Christian Metaphysics’, in: Twenty Four Readings in Aharon Appelfeld’s literary Work, A. Lipsker & A. Sagi (eds.), Ramat-Gan 20 1 1, pp. 285-300 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘The Yearning for Eastern Europe in Modern Hebrew Literature’, in: Michael’s Book: Between this Time to those Days - A Festschrift for Michael Bahat, A. Sagi (ed.), Tel-Aviv 2007, pp. 525-543 [Hebrew].
  • Tzahi Weiss, ‘From Na'ama to Na'aman: the Metamorphosis of Three Myths from the Biblical Literature to Contemporary Literature’, in: Shay Le-Yoseph: A Festschrift for Joseph Dan Written by his Students J. Meir (ed.), Jerusalem 2003, pp. 181-188 [Hebrew]. 

 

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Other Publications

Entries

  •  Tzahi Weiss, 'Kabbalah’, Encyclopedia of Jewish Folklore, H. Bar Yitzhak ed., M.E. Sharpe: New York 2013, Vol. I, pp. 287-291.
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