The Open University of Israel
Dr. Avriel Bar-Levav

  Prof. Avriel Bar-Levav

  Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies



Updated: July 2015
 

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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 at the Open University of Israel

2015- Head, Judaic Studies, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2015- Associate Professor
2005-2008 Head, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2003- 2015 Senior Lecturer
2001-2003 Candidate for Senior Academic Faculty

Other Academic Appointments

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

2005 Scholarship of the Halpern Center, Bar-Ilan University
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
2001- Member of the editorial board, Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture, Leiden: Brill
2013- Member of the editorial board, 'Critcal Mass', Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish & Israeli Literature & Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
2013-2014 Acting Chairman, The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
2008- Board member, The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People
2007- Board member, The Israeli Historical Society
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

2014- Tali Asher, Tel Aviv University (with Prof. Shalom Ratzabi)
Ph.D. Thesis – Libraries as cultural agents in Israel
2013- Julia Beshadsky Lebovich, University of Haifa (with Dr. Zur Shalev)
Ph.D. Thesis – Historiography and time in the Italian Renaissance
2011-2013 Yair Adiel, Hebrew University (with Prof. Hanan Hever)
Ph.D. Thesis - The post-structural critique of language and linguistics
2008-2015 Hamawi, Tel-Aviv University (with Prof. GidiBohak)
Ph.D. Thesis - Magic in the Writings of R. Abraham Hamoi
2005-2009 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

Edited Books

  1. A Detailed Index of The Wisdom of the Zohar by Isaiah Tishby and Y. F. Lachower. Jerusalem: Mosad Bialik, 2015 (forthcoming, 350 pages, Hebrew).
  2. Death in Jewish Life: Burial and Mourning Customs in Medieval Ashkenaz and later Communities. eds. Stefan C. Reif, Andreas Lehnardt and Avriel Bar-Levav, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014, 379 pages.
  3. The Past and Beyond it: Festschrift for Elazar Weinrib, eds. Amir Horowitz, Ora Limor, Ram Ben-Shalom and Avriel Bar-Levav. Raanana: The Open University Press, 2006. 712 pages, Hebrew.
  4. Peace and War in Jewish Culture.Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center, 2006. 363 pages, Hebrew.

    Edited Open University Books

  5. Avriel Bar-Levav, Ron Margolin, Shmuel Feiner (eds.), Secularization in Jewish Culture, vol. 1, 2, Raanana: The Open University of Israel Press, 2012.
  6.   Avriel Bar-Levav (ed.), Secularization in Jewish Culture: A Reader, Raanana: The Open University of Israel Press, 2012. 490 pages.
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Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. The Religious Order of Jewish Books: Structuring Hebrew Knowledge in Amsterdam. Studia Rosenthaliana 42 (2012), forthcoming.
  2. a. Steinschneider in Memoirs. Pe'amim 129 (2012): 225-238 (Hebrew).
    b. A Living Citizen in a World of Dead Letters: Steinschneider Remembered. In Reimund Leicht and Gad Freudenthal, editors (with the collaboration of Rachel Heuberger), Studies onSteinschneider. Moritz Steinschneider and the Emergence the Science of Judaism in Nineteenth-Century Germany, Leiden: Brill 2012: 339-348.
  3. What Could be Done with Four Hundred Books? A Proposal for a Jewish Library, Krakow 1571. Zmanim 112 (2010): 42-49.
  4. On the Absence of a Book from a Library: Gershom Scholem and the Shulhan Arukh. Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture 6 (2009): 71-73.
  5. Magic in Jewish Ethical Literature (Hebrew). Tarbiz 72 (2003): 389-414.
  6. 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.
  7. Ritualisation of Jewish Life and Death in the Early Modern Period. Leo Baeck Institute Year Book 47 (2002): 69-82.
  8. Death and the (Blurred) Boundaries of Magic: Strategies of Coexistence. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 7 (2002): 51-64.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Books for the Sick and the Dying in Jewish Conduct Literature (Hebrew). Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 14 (1998): 341-391.
  12. 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.

    Articles and Chapters in Open University Books

  13. Introduction: Two Personal Stories about Secularization (with editors). In Secularization in Jewish Culture, eds. Avriel Bar-Levav, Ron Margolin and  Shmuel Feiner, Raanana: The Open University of Israel, 2012: 13-68 (Hebrew).
  14. The Complete Return to Hebrew. Ibid.: 857-876.
  15. a. Secularization and the Jews in Islamic Countries. Ibid.: 329-386.
    b. Secularization and the Jews in Islamic Countries. In Secularism and Secularization: Interdisciplinary Studies, ed. Yochi Fischer, Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute 2015 (forthcoming)

    Articles and Chapters in Refereed Books

  16. Ausdrucksformen jüdischer Religiosität in Deutschland zu Beginn der Neuzeit. In Handbuch der Religionsgeschichte im deutschsprachigen Raum, Bd. IV, 1650-1750, eds. Kaspar von Greyerz und Anne Conrad, Paderborn: Fredinand Schöningh, 2012: 411-464.
  17. Jewish Attitudes towards Death. In Death in Jewish Life: Burial and Mourning Customs in Medieval Ashkenaz and later Communities, eds. Stefan C. Reif, Andreas Lehnardt and Avriel Bar-Levav, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014:3-15.
  18. Between the World of the Texts and the World of the Readers. In Chava Turniansky Jubilee Volume, Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2013: 95-122 (Hebrew).
  19. The Sacred Space of the Portable Homeland: An Archeology of Unseen Libraries in Jewish Culture from the Medieval Period to the Internet. In Ut videant et Contingant: Essays on Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in Honour of Ora Limor, eds. Yitzhak  Hen and Iris Shagrir, Raanana: Open University Press. 2011: 297-320 (Hebrew).
  20. Food for Thought. Yosef Da'at: Studies in Modern Jewish History in Honor of Yosef Salmon, ed. Jossi Goldstein, Beer Sheva: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2010: 277-288 (Hebrew).
  21. 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, 2008: 225-237.
    b. Between Library Awareness and the Jewish Republic of Letters.  In Libraries and Book Collections, eds. Yosef Kaplan and Moshe Sluhovsky. Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center for Jewish History, 2006: 201-224 (Hebrew).
  22. Cercles messianiques: les mouvements messianiques des Juifs d’Orient.  In Le monde sépharade, ed. Shmuel Trigano. Paris: Le Seuil, 2006: 171-190.
  23. Death and Mourning among Oriental Jewry.  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 (Hebrew).
  24. Story, Ritual and Metaphor: Comprehending the day of Death as a Spiritual Exercise and the internal War in Jewish Ethical Literature.  In Peace and War in Jewish Culture, ed. Avriel Bar-Levav. Jerusalem: Zalman Sahzar Center for Jewish History, 2006: 145-163(Hebrew).
  25. 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.
  26. The Bridge to the Human: The Myth of Tantalus in the Story of the Marriage of a Man and Demon. In The Cradle of Creativity: Shlomo Giora Shoham Jubilee Volume, ed. Chemi Bin-Nun.  Tel Aviv  2004:199-206 (Hebrew).
  27. 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.
  28. a. Jewish Ethical Wills as Egodocoments. In The Past and Beyond it: Festschrift for Elazar Weinrib, eds. Amir Horowitz, Ora Limor, Ram Ben-Shalom and Avriel Bar-Levav. Raanana: The Open University Press, 2006: 263-282 (Hebrew).
    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.
    c. „Als ich noch lebte“: Jüdische ethische Testamente als Egodokumente (German). Perspektivenwechsel: Ego-Dokumente. Selbst- und Fremddarstellungen frühneuzeitlicher Juden, Birgit E. Klein / Rotraud Ries (Hgg.) / Désirée Schostak (Red.). Berlin 2011 (minima judaica; 9): 27-46.

  29. 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.
  30. Pinchas Hakohen Peli: A Biography. In Rabbi Professor Peli Memorial Volume,ed. Aviv Melzer. Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion University Press, 1998: 157–165 (Hebrew).
  31. Bibliography of Pinchas Hakohen Peli.  Ibid: 166–214.
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Encyclopedia Entries

Encyclopedia of the Bible and is Reception, eds. Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn et al., Berlin: De Gruyter 2012 (forthcoming). Entry: Burial in Medieval and Modern Judaism

Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, ed. Norman Stillman, Leidn: Brill 2010. Entry: Mysticism and Kabbalah (with Moshe Idel). Vol. III :

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. Gershon David Hundert, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. Entries: Amulets and Talismans (45-46), Death and the Dying (396-399), Magic (1113-1114).

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Book Reviews

Review of: Oren Soffer, There Is No Place for Pilpul!  Hatzefira Journal and the Modernization of Sociopolitical Discourse. In Zion 77 (2012): 420-425.

Review of “The Library of Gershom Scholem on Jewish Mysticism: Catalogue”.  Jewish Studies 39 (1999): 201–209.

 

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Others

  1. Thoughts on the Accessibility of Texts and Books after the Steinsaltz Talmud  Edition. Akademot  26 (2011): 105-115 (Hebrew).
  2. Der Name Gottes und seine Zhal. Kalonymos: Beiträge zur deutsch-jüdischen Geschichte aus dem Salomon Ludwig Steinheim-Institute, 7 (2004), 7.
  3. Jewish rituals for the sick and dying. Sh’ma, 34/603 (September 2003), 11.
  4. 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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Work in Progress

Introduction to Jewish Mysticism, with Moshe Idel, Raanana: Open University Press (Hebrew, in progress).

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Newspaper articles (selected)

  1. On Michael Schwartz. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 23 December 2011.
  2. Two Translators of Josephus' Wars of the Jews. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 14 May 2010.
  3. Dying for our Life. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 18 December 2009.
  4. 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.
  5. Accepting Demons. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 1 October 2001 (Hebrew).
  6. 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.
  7. The Strength of Quiet Knowledge: on the Occasion of Shmuel Werses’ Eighty-fifth Birthday. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 19 May 2000 (Hebrew).
  8. The Cry of the Library: on the Catalogue of the Gershom Scholem Library. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 25 September 1999 (Hebrew).
  9. The Nation and its Library. Haaretz: Literary Supplement, 3 March 1996 (Hebrew).
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Lectures (selected)

2015

The Meaning of order: Siftei Yeshenim (Amsterdam 1680), the first printed Hebrew
bibliography, and its cultural implications. Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

2014

Crossing Bibliographical Borders: Shabtai Meshorer Bas and the European Bibliographic
Tradition. EAJS, Paris.
The Ten Commandmnets in Early Modern Sephardi Sermons. University of Munster
Jewish Death Rituals in the Context of European Attitudes Towards Death. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Jewish Attitudes toward Death. University of Oklahoma
Jewish Library Awarness. University of Oklahoma

2013

The world of texts and the world of the readers: Sefer Hahayyim (Amsterdam, 1703), International Colloquium: On men and women reading Yiddish: Between manuscript and print, University of Amsterdam

2012

Library awareness in Jewish culture: Models of comprehending libraries since the medieval period. International Conference: Libraries and Cultural Memory, Pázmány Péter Catholich University, Budapest.
Two Ethical Wills of Jewish Medieval Doctors. Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Jewish Tombstones of Würzburg. Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva.

 

Customs of Death in Books and in Reality. minhagim: custom andpractice in jewish life, International Conference, Tel Aviv University.

 

Book Lists from the Genizah as a Source for Intellectual History. Midrash in Genizah Communities, The University of Haifa.
The Invention of the Title: The Bibliography Siftei Yeshenim and the Organization of Knowledge in Jewish Culture. The Future of the Book, Annual conference of the Israeli Historical Society, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev.

2011

Putting Jewish Books in Order: 11th International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, The Hebrew University.
Personal Life in the Context of Personal Death. Workshop, University of Texas at Austin.
Books and Texts in Jewish Culture. Stockholm University.
The Invention of the Title. From Gutenberg to Google, The Open University of Israel

2010

Library Awareness in the Jewish Enlightenment. The Library of the Haskalah:: The Modern Jewish Book Market, its Creators and its Readers, Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation, Tel Aviv University
Love Fear and Death in Jewish Culture. Emotions in Jewish Culture, conference of The World Union of Jewish Studies and The University of Haifa

2009

Invisible Libraries in Jewish Culture. Magnificent Books and Impressive Texts: Prolegomena to a Jewish Book History, Colloquium, University of Amsterdam

 

Putting Jewish Book in Order. Reading across Cultures: the Jewish Book and Its Readers in the Early Modern Period, Workshop, Harvard University

 

Paratexts in the Works of Maharal. Maharal of Prague: Four Hundred Years since his Death, International Conference, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

 

Library Awareness in the National Library: Bibliography, Ideology, and Zionism. The 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

 

Between the Living and the Dead. The Jewish Cemetery in Yeghegis and Armenian Hebrew inscriptions, International symposium, Armenia

 

The Aura of Books in Jewish Culture. 2 lectures at the Centre d'Études Juives, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and Centre de Recherches Historiques (CRH), Paris

2008

The Antwerp Moment (Concluding Panel). The Jewish Book in a Christian World, International Conference, University of Antwerp

 

The Wisdom of the Zohar. Kabbalah and Modernity, International conference, University of Amstrdam

2007

Steinschneider and Modern Hebrew. Bibliographie und Kulturtransfer, International conference, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

 

From Ethical Wills to Blogs (Hebrew, with Yoav Yair). Conference of the Chase Center, The Open University of Israel

 

Jewish Libraries of Memory. The Concept of Memory in Jewish and East Asian Cultures, University of Haifa

 

Charity and Death. Charity and Piety in the Middle East in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Continuity and Transformation. International Conference, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University

2006

Doing Things in the Right Time in Hebrew Nineteenth Century Autobiographies. Controlling Time and Shaping the Self: The Rise of Autobiographical Writing since 1750, International Conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

2005

When a Rabbi Writes an Autobiography: Portrayal of the Self in the work of Rabbi Bension Avraham Koenka. Portrayal of the Self, International Conference , University of Groningen

 

Death, People and Books. North American Hevra Kadisha Conference, New York

 

Death of Moses (Hebrew). Moses in Jewish Culture, Bar-Ilan University

2004

Amsterdam and the Inception of the Jewish Republic of Letters. 10th International Symposium on the History of the Jews in the Netherlands, The Hebrew University

 

Death and Culture (Hebrew). Haim Schwartzbaum Memorial Lecture in Jewish and Arabic Folklore, Ben-Gurion University

2003

Expressions of Jewish Religiosity: The Case of Germany in the Early Modern Period (Hebrew). Interuniversity Conference of the Depts. of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion Univ.

 

Magic and Memory in Jewish Culture (Hebrew). 22nd Interuniversity Conference on the Study of Folklore, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2002

Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt: Printer-Scholar in Amsterdam, and the Inception of the Hebrew Republic of Letters. European Association for Jewish Studies VII Congress, Amsterdam

2001

Internalizing the Impossible to Grasp: Remembering the Day of Death (Hebrew). 13th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

 

The Intercultural Encounter in the Jewish Cemetery (Hebrew). 20th University Conference on Folklore, Ben-Gurion University

 

Dialogues in the Jewish Cemetery. Art in Dialogue Colloquium, Witten-Herdeke Universität, Germany

2000

The Cemetery in Medieval Jewish Thought. Jüdische Sepulkrakultur und Grabsteinepigraphik, Steinheim Institute für Deutsche-Jüdische Geschichte Kolloquium, Universität Duisberg

 

The Power of Words: Rabbi Naftali Hakohen Katz of Frankfurt: Between Halakha and Magic. Fach Jüdische Studien, Gerhard Mercator Universität, Duisberg

 

Jewish Ethical Wills as Egodocuments. Egodocuments, Identity and History, International Conference, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

2000

Daily Death of European Jews in the Early Modern Period. International Conference, Ben-Gurion University

 

The Bookshelf of a Jewish Printer in the Early Modern Period: Rabbi Moshe Frankfurt and the Works He Chose to Print (Hebrew). Libraries and Book Collections, Annual Conference of the Israel Historical Society, Jerusalem

 

In Search for the Prince of the Torah; Magic, Knowledge, and Memory (Hebrew). Secret Knowledge, Secret Forces: Magic, Demonology, and the Occult in Jewish Thought and Life, International Conference, Ben-Gurion University, Tel-Aviv University, and Shazar Institute, Jerusalem

1999

Whom Do the Demons Represent? (Hebrew). Conference of the Wolfson Chair for Jewish Thought, University of Haifa

 

Magic and the Shaping of the Religious Personality in Jewish Ethical Literature. (Hebrew)
Amulets: On the Place of Magic in Jewish Culture and Society, Zalman Shazar Institute

1998

The Methodology of the Study of Jewish Attitudes towards Death. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Orlando, Florida

 

Healing the Soul before Dying: The Case of Jewish Death Rituals in the Early Modern Period. Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion, Orlando, Florida

 

Love, Fear, and Death in Jewish Tradition. The Historicity of Emotions, International Conference, Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

1997

The Concept of Death in Sefer Hasidim. 29th Annual Conference of the American Association for Jewish Studies, Boston

 

Formation and Transformation of Jewish Rituals in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Center for Jewish Studies

1995

Death and Magical Practices. Magic and Magic in Judaism, International Conference, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University

1993

The Wills of the Horwitz Family (Hebrew). 11th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

1989

Rabbi Naftali Hakohen Katz and the Hayyun Polemic (Hebrew). Interuniversity Conference of the Departments of Jewish Thought, Open University, Tel-Aviv

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