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Dr. Gadi Sagiv

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The Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies One University Road, P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Office:972-9-7783358 Fax:972-9-7781416 Email:gadsagiv@openu.ac.il

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Updated: December 2016

2010
Ph.D., Judaic Studies, Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude)
2003
M.A., Jewish Philosophy, Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude)
1991
B.Sc., Mathematics, Tel Aviv University (magna cum laude)
2015-
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2014-2015
Visiting Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2012
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry, Teaching Fellow
2011-2014(summers)
Visiting Scholar, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig University (Member of the Research Group: ‘New History of Hasidism’)
2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Declined due to acceptance of the Buber Fellowship)
2000-2011
Various Teaching Positions (Instructor, Adjunct Lecturer, Teaching Fellow), Department of Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv University

2016 Finalist of the 2016 Goldshtein-Goren Award for the best book in Jewish Thought (for Dynasty: The Chernobyl Hasidic Dynasty and Its Place in the History of Hasidism).

2014-2015 Member (elected) of the Young Scholars Forum of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2011-2015 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows

2008 The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem The Pinchas and Sheindel Wald Award for an Excellent Doctoral Student of Jewish History

2006-2008 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Scholarship

2006-2008 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry Research Grant for Doctoral Students

2005-2008 Tel Aviv University, The Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relation Award for Doctoral Students

2005-2008 Beth Shalom Aleichem for Yiddish Culture Scholarship for Doctoral Students

2005-2008 Tel Aviv University, The Faculty of Humanities The Orgler Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students

2005 Institute for the Study of Zionism Tel Aviv University Yoran Schnitzer Award

2004 Tel Aviv University, The Faculty of Humanities Scholarship for Doctoral Student

2004 Beth Shalom Aleichem for Yiddish Culture Award for MA thesis

 

Dynasty: The Chernobyl Hasidic Dynasty and its Place in the History of Hasidism, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2014 (Hebrew; 452 pp.).

Finalist of the 2016 Goldshtein-Goren Award for the best book in Jewish Thought.

Hasidism: A New History [A more than 1000 pages book co-authored with David Biale, David Assaf, Benjamin Brown, Uriel Gellman, Samuel Heilman, Moshe Rosman, and Marcin Wodziński], Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming fall 2017.

Habad: History, Theology, Image, eds. Jonatan Meir and Gadi Sagiv, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2016 (Hebrew/English; 343+114 pp.).

“Dazzling Blue: Color Symbolism, Kabbalistic Myth, and the Evil Eye in Judaism,” Numen, 64 (forthcoming 2017).

“A New Perspective on the Tekhelet Controversy of the Late Nineteenth Century,” Zion, 81 (Hebrew; forthcoming 2017).

“Deep Blue: Notes on the Jewish Snail Fight,” Contemporary Jewry, 35 (2015), pp. 285-313.

“Hasidism in Tsarist Russia: Historical and Social Aspects,” Jewish History, 27 (2013), pp. 241-269 (with David Assaf).

“Hasidism and Cemetery Inauguration Ceremonies: Authority, Magic, and Performance of Charismatic Leadership,” Jewish Quarterly Review, 103 (2013), pp. 328-351.

“The Rectification of the Covenant and the Element of Asceticism in Chernobyl Hasidism,” Rachel Elior (ed.), ‘New Old Things’: Myths, Mysticism and Controversies, Philosophy and Halacha, Faith and Ritual in Jewish Thought through the Ages, Jerusalem 2011 [=Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, 23], pp. 355-406 (Hebrew).

Yenuka: On Child Leaders in Hasidism,” Zion, 76 (2011), pp. 139-178 (Hebrew).

“Hasidism in Tsarist Russia: Historical and Social Aspects,” Israel Bartal and Ilia Lurie (eds.), History of the Jews in Russia, Vol. 2: Jews in Imperial Russia, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2012, pp. 75-112 (Hebrew; with David Assaf).

‘Хасидизм в царской России: исторические и социальные аспекты,’ И. Барталь, И. Лурье (ред.), История еврейского народа в России. Т.2: От разделов Польши до падения Российской империи, 1772-1917, Москва: Иерусалим, 2012. С. 101-146 (с Давидом Ассаф).

“Habad Hasidism vs. ‘Hasidism of Poland’: Comparisons and Mutual Images,” Habad: History, Theology, Image, eds. Jonatan Meir and Gadi Sagiv, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2016 (forthcoming) (Hebrew; with Ada Rapoport-Albert).

“Some Notes on Forgetting in Jewish Mysticism,” Forgetting: An Interdisciplinary Conversation. Edited by Giovanni Galizia and David Shulman. Jerusalem: Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2015, pp. 152-171.

Gershon David Hundert (Editor in Chief), The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008.
Entries:
“Apt Hasidic Dynasty,” pp. 62-63.
“Barukh ben Yehi’el of Mezhbizh,” p. 129
“Kosov-Vizhnits Hasidic Dynasty,” pp. 929-930.
“Mosheh Leib of Sasov,” p. 1208.
“Savran-Bendery Hasidic Dynasty,” pp. 1668-1669.
“Stratin Hasidic Dynasty,” pp. 1809-1810.
“Uri ben Pinḥas of Strelisk,” pp. 1952-1953.
“Yeḥi’el Mikhl of Zlotshev,” p. 2047.

Review of: Asaf Yedidya, Criticized Criticism – Orthodox Alternatives to Wissenschaft des Judentums, 1873-1956, Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, 2013 (Hebrew). In: Identities: Journal of Jewish Culture and Identity 7 (2016), 145-150 (Hebrew).

Review of: Marcin Wodziński, Hasidism and Politics: The Kingdom of Poland, 1815–1864, Oxford and Portland: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2013. In: Studia Judaica, 17: 2014, nr 2 (34), pp. 177-187.

Review of: Baruch Sterman with Judy Taubes-Sterman, The Rarest Blue: The Remarkable Story of an Ancient Color Lost to History and Rediscovered, Guilford, CT: Lyons Press. In: Haaretz Books Supplement, March 28, 2014, pp. 10-11 (Hebrew).

Review of: Marcin Wodziński, Haskalah and Hasidism in the Kingdom of Poland: A History of Conflict, Oxford and Portland: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2005. In: Mo'ed: Annual for Jewish Studies, 18 (2008), pp. 180-183 (Hebrew).

“Hasidic Dynasties,” Avishar Har-Shefi and Rela Kushelevsky (eds.), The Anthology of Hasidic Thought and Literature, Bar-Ilan University Press (forthcoming).

“Mendel Piekarz (1922-2011),” Gal-Ed: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, 23 (2012), pp. 219-224 (Hebrew).

“A History of Hasidism: Origins and Developments,” Alan T. Levenson (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, pp. 277-290.

Hasidism; History of Jews in Eastern Europe; Modern Jewish History and Thought; Kabbalah; Religious Studies; Mysticism; Ritual Studies; Religious Movements;

2016
The GIF (German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development) Young Scientists’ Grant
2012
Tel Aviv University, The School of Jewish Studies The Yaniv Fund Research Grant
2012
Tel Aviv University, The School of Jewish Studies The Yoran Schnitzer Research Grant in Jewish History
2011
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Faculty of Humanities Publication Grant
2006-2008
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry Research Grant for Doctoral Students

2012 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Jewish History
Adjunct Lecturer
Course: Rituals and Ceremonies in Hasidism
 
2000-2011 Tel Aviv University, Department of Hebrew Culture
Adjunct Lecturer. Courses taught:
Reading of Early Kabbalistic Texts; Reading of Hasidic Texts; Leadership in Hasidism; Hasidism and Messianism; The Tsaddik in the Thought of Rabbi A. I. Kook and Hasidism; The Land of Israel in Kabbalah, Hasidism and Modern Jewish Thought; The Sabbath in Kabbalah and Hasidism; Repentance in Kabbalah and Hasidism; Hasidic Responses to Modernity.
 
2010-2011 Alma College for Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv
Lecturer and Teacher in ‘Beit Midrash’
 
2002-2005 ‘Beit Shmuel’ Cultural Center of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Jerusalem
Teacher in ‘Beit Midrash’
 

“A Prolegomenon to Sixteenth-Century Kabbalistic Color Theory – Gates of Colors by R. Moses Cordovero,” The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 21, 2016, San Antonio, Texas.
 
“Some Notes on the Colour Blue in the Jewish Kabbalah,” Progress in Colour Studies 2016, University College London, September 14, 2016 [Poster; Awarded the “Best Poster” Prize].
 
“A Glimpse into the Library of a Nineteenth Century Hasidic Shtibl,” Evening in Honor of the book ‘The Hebrew Book’ by Zeev Gries, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, March 30, 2016.
 
“King Lear’s Einiklach: Inheritance Disputes in Nineteenth-Century Hasidism,” The American Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) 47th Annual Conference, Boston, December 14, 2015.
 
“Isaac Babel’s ‘The Rabbi’ Revisited,” The Jews of Russia in the Twentieth Century, The Open University of Israel, January 26, 2015.
 
“On the Charisma of Hasidic Tsadikim,” Religious Knowledge, Authority, and Charisma: Islamic and Jewish Perspectives, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, January 5, 2015.
 
“The Tzaddik as Performer: Hasidic Oral Teachings in Context,” The American Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) 46th Annual Conference, Baltimore, December 14, 2014.
 
“The Color Tekhelet in Modern Judaism: Tradition, Science, and Messianism”, The Open University of Israel, December 11, 2013.
 
Tekhelet in Kabbalah and Hasidism: A Prolegomenon,” The 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 31, 2013.
 
“Varieties of Hasidism in the 19th Century: Problems, Sources, Approaches,” Workshop at the Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig, July 10, 2013.
 
Tekhelet in Contemporary Judaism,” The 5th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities, Tel Aviv University, May 29, 2013.
 
“Gazing at the Hasidic Tsaddik,” Spiritual Leadership in Islamic and Jewish Mysticism, Workshop at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2, 2013.
 
“Habad vs. ‘Polish’ Hasidism: Comparisons and Mutual Images,” Habad: History, Theology and Image, International Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, January 8, 2013.
 
“The Renaissance of Tekhelet in Radzin Hasidism at the End of the Nineteenth Century,” The Research of Polish Jews and their Culture: New Trends, Bar Ilan University, December 17, 2012.
 
“Between a Forgotten Commandment and a Commandment to Forget: Reflections on Forgetfulness in Judaism,” Forgetting I, Workshop at the Zukunftskolleg, Universität Konstanz, June 11, 2012.
 
“The Hasidic Sermon as a Performance,” The Jewish Thought Departments Annual Conference, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 6, 2012.
 
“Ritual Reading of Hok LeIsrael in Eastern European Hasidism,” Minhagim: Custom and Practice in Jewish Life, Tel Aviv University, May 15, 2012.
 
“Jewish Blues: Variations on a Single Tekhelet Cord,” Jewish Appearance and Distinction, Workshop at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, April 22, 2012.
 
“Concrete Messianism in Nineteenth Century Hasidism” (Hebrew), Collective Redemption and Individual Redemption: Contemporary Developments in Jewish Thought and Imagination, Summer Workshop for Young Researchers in Jewish Culture and Identity, The Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute, September 21, 2011.
 
“The Discourse of Diversity in Hasidism” (Hebrew), The Jewish Thought Departments Annual Conference, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, March 28, 2011.
 
“On the Diversity in Hasidism: Some Methodological Reflections”, The Summer Workshop for Polish and Israeli PhD Students and Young Scholars on the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, July 5, 2010.
 
“Differentiating Hasidic Dynasties: The Case of Inter-Dynastic Marriage” (Hebrew), The 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 4, 2009.
 
(with David Assaf), “Hasidism in Russia, 1772-1918”, Toward a New History of Hasidism, University College London, April 22, 2009.
 
“The Discourse of Penitence in Chernobyl Hasidism” (Hebrew), Presentation to the Research Group: Toward a New History of Hasidism, Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 17, 2008.