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Tzahi (Yitzhak) Weiss - Dean of Research , Associate Professor

Prof. Tzahi (Yitzhak) Weiss
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The Open University of Israel Department of Literature, Language and the Arts 1 University Road, P. O. Box 808, Raanana 4353701, Israel
Office:972-9-7781807 Mobile:972-50-2185850 Email::tzahiw@openu.ac.il

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

2008:  Ph.D. Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2004:  M.A. Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2004: Graduate of Revivim Honors Program for the Teaching of Jewish Studies Teachers, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2003: B.A.  Jewish Thought and Biblical Studies, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Academic Appointments

2015
Associate Professor, The Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University of Israel
2014-15
Senior lecturer (visiting) The Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University of Israel
10/2017
Dean of Research, The Open University of Israel
2015-17
Secretary of the Faculty Council, The Open University of Israel
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, The University of Chicago, Divinity School
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
2016
The Open University Publishing House

M.A Thesis: The Phenomenology of the Sinner and the Theurgical Implications of the Sin – a Theurgical Reading of Agnon's Short Stories. 
Supervisor: Moshe Idel [Hebrew University].

Ph.D. Thesis: 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 [Hebrew University], Aminadav Dykman [Hebrew University].

The Golem Legend from Late Antiquity to the 20th Century

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

 Tzahi Weiss, 'Sefer Yeṣirah' The Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia Online edition (9 p.) (Forthcoming).

01.2018   The Kabbalah in Gerona in the 13th century CE, The Hebrew University
                 Title of Lecture: New Reflections about the Beginning of the Kabbalistic Literature

08.2017   The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies Title of Lecture: Binitarianism and Early Kabbalistic Literature

06.2017   'Creation' - The first conference of The Israeli Association for the Study of Religions
               Title of Lecture: The Origins of the Golem and Spontaneous Generation

12.2016  Fifty Years after Agnon's Noble Prize Award in Literature: A conference on S.Y. Agnon Oeuvre at Bar Ilan University
               Title of Lecture: Scholem's Golem and Agnon's Golems

06.2016 The 6th Annual Conference of the Israeli Network for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism Haifa University
                Title of Lecture: Sefer Yezira and early Islam: A Re-evaluation

04.2016 The 35th Folklore Conference of Israel Universities - Ben Gurion University
                Title of Lecture: 'The Margins' of Jewish Mysticism

01.2016 Centre d'Études Juives' at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris France- Guest Lecture
Title of Lecture: Can Two Kings Use One Crown? - The Diminishing of the Moon in the Midrash and Early Kabbala, and a Rabbinic Critique of the Tetrarchy

12.2015 The 2nd International Conference of the Zohar, Ben Gurion University
               Title of Lecture:  The problem of the status of the Shekhinah – a Few Examples from the Zoharic Literature

01.2015  The 5th International Conference of Jewish Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University in Gniezno, Poland
                Title of Lecture: Cutting the Shoots: The Shekinah in the World of Early Kabbalistic Literature

07.2014   The 10th Conference of the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS), Paris France
      Title of Lecture: 'Some New Observations Concerning the Context of Sefer Yetsirah'

01.2014   Centre d'Études Juives' at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris France- Guest Lecture

  Title of Lecture: 'Sefer Yetsirah: new Perspectives

11.2013   Conference in Memory of Charles Mopsik, AIU, Paris France
                 Title of Lecture:  'Who is a Beautiful Maiden without Eyes?'

06.2012  The Conference of the  Departments for Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University
 Title of Lecture: "Where and when was Sefer Yetsirah edited?"

05. 2012  Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Judaistik – Guest Lecture
               Title of Lecture: 'The acceptance of Sefer Yetsirah'

05. 2012  Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg Germany – Guest Lecture
                 Title of Lecture: 'The acceptance of Sefer Yetsirah'

03.2012   Gershom Scholem Conference, The National Library, Jerusalem
               Title of lecture: 'Gershom Scholem as a Literary Figure in S.Y. Agnon’s Oeuvre'

12. 2011 The 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)
               Title of lecture: 'Sefer Yetsirah before the 10th century'

06.2011  Tel Aviv University, The Department of Literature Conference in Memory of Yosef Ha’Efrati. Title of lecture: 'S.Y. Agnon and the Sabbatean Movement'

09.2010:  British Association of Jewish Studies (BAJS) Conference (Southampton, England). Title of Lecture: 'The Literary Depiction of the Figurative Image of God in S.Y. Agnon’s Oeuvre'

07.2010:  National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH) conference, New York. Title of Lecture: 'Vicissitudes in the Perception of the Mythical Godhead in Bialik's Poems'

03.2010:  University of Chicago, The Center for Jewish Studies – Guest Lecture. 
    Title of lecture: 'Why was the World Molded by Alphabetical Letters? a Lacanian Perspective'.

12.2009:  The 41ST Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) Title of lecture: 'Kabblisitc and Mystical Influences on Contemporary Israeli Poetry and Literature'

08.2009:  The 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies
  Title of lecture: 'The Origins of Alphabetic letters’ Speculations in Jewish Sources from Late Antiquity'

07.2006: The 14th World congress of Jewish Studies 
 Title of lecture: 'The Perceptions of Letters in the Samaritan Memar Marqah and its parallels in Rabbinic Sources and in the Book of Creation' 

 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].

 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, ‘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 2011, pp. 285-300 [Hebrew].

 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, ‘Listening to the Silent Crying of the Shekhinah: Mysticism in Modern Hebrew Literature - Between Textual Influence and Mythical Narrative’, Kabbalah, Mysticism and Poetry: The Journey to the End of Vision, A. Elkayam and Sh. Mualem (eds.), Magnes Press: Jerusalem 2015, pp. 527-546.

 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.), Indiana University Press: Bloomington 2017, pp. 323-334

 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, 'The Names of Sefer Yeṣirah' in: The Path of the Book: A Tribute to Zeev Gries, Avriel Bar-Levav, Oded Israeli, Jonathan Meir and Avraham (Rami) Reiner (eds.) (14p.) (forthcoming) [Hebrew]

Tzahi Weiss, 'The Worship of Metatron: A Synoptic Edition', Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical texts (16 p.) (forthcoming) [Hebrew]

zahi Weiss, ''By Emanation and not in Unity': The Status of the Shekhinah, the Diminution of the Moon, and the Sin of Adam in Nachmanidean Kabbalah', Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, a Special Volume: Festschrift for Moshe Idel, edit by Avriel Bar Levav, Moshe Halbertal and Ron Margolin, (19 p.) (Forthcoming) [Hebrew]

 Na'ama Ben Shachar and Tzahi Weiss, 'A Commentary about the Uniqueness of Our Nation: An Anonymous Commentary on the Ten Sefirot from the Circle of Sefer haTmunah', Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical texts (28 p.) (forthcoming) [Hebrew]

Tzahi Weiss, 'Their Heart Was Turned Away from the Uppermost': Rethinking the Boundaries of the 'Kabbalistic Literature' and the Opposition to 'Kabbalah' in the First Half of the 13th Century', Da'at: Journal for Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah 85 (2018), pp. 311-344 [Hebrew]

Tzahi Weiss, ''God of Israel – a Prince before God': On the Meanings and the Origins of a Jewish Tradition from the Early Middle Ages', Jewish Studies 52 (2017), pp. 129-142 [Hebrew]

Na'ama Ben Shachar and Tzahi Weiss, 'An Anonymous Geronese Commentary on the Ten Sefirot', Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical texts 38 (2017), pp. 159-170 [Hebrew]

Michael Ebstein and Tzahi Weiss, 'A Drama in Heaven: 'Emanation on the Left' in Kabbalah and a Parallel Cosmogonic Myth in Ismā'īlī Literature', History of Religions 55-2 (2015), pp. 148-171

 Yakir Paz and Tzahi Weiss, 'From Encoding to Decoding: The AṬBḤ 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), pp. 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), pp. 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), pp. 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]

Tzahi Weiss, Sefer Yeṣirah and its Contexts: Other Jewish Voices, Penn Press – The University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia 2018

Tzahi Weiss, Cutting the Shoots: The Worship of The Shekhinah in the World of Early Kabbalistic Literature, The Hebrew University Magnes Press: Jerusalem 2015 [Hebrew]

 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]

Research Areas
• Jewish Mystical Literature of Late Antiquity and Early middle Ages
 Kabbalistic Literature between the 12th and the 14th centuries
• Modern Hebrew Literature
• Comparative Religion
• Theology and Literature

2016-21
Tzahi Weiss (P.I.) Commentaries to the Ten Sefirot - The Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) grant no. 116/16 (600,000 NIS)