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Education

Ph.D. (summa cum laude) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, awarded May

24th, 2006.

Thesis title: The Exilarchate in the Sasanian Era.

Advisor: Prof. Isaiah Gafni.

Readers: Professor Shamma Friedman

Professor David Goodblatt

Professor Isaiah Gafni

 

MA Degree (cum laude), History of the Jewish People, Hebrew University,

Jerusalem, 1993-1998, 176 pp.

Thesis title: The Priests in Babylonia in the Talmudic Period.

 

BA Degree, Double Major: General History, History of the Jewish People,

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1988-1992.

 

Talmud Study Program: The Shalom Hartman Institute, 1992-1996

 

Positions and Employment

 

 

2018 - Fellow, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. 

 

2014-2017 Researcher, Member of Scholion group, "A Question of Identity", Hebrew University.

 

2010-2011 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA. 

 

2009-2010 Research Fellow, International Consortium on the Humanities

(IKGF), Dynamics in the History of Religions, Ruhr University, Bochum.

Research Project: A Comprehensive Survey on Babylonian Jewry in the

Sasanian Era

 

2005-2007: Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Department of Talmud

and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York

 

2006 Spring semester: Harry Starr Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard

University

Research Project: Persian Literary Themes and Motifs in the Aggada of the

Babylonian Talmud.

 

2007-2008: Ephraim Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Memorial

Foundation for Jewish Culture, at Hebrew University, Jerusalem,

and supported by the

Warburg Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mandel Institute of Jewish

Studies, for the academic year of 2007-2008.  

Research Project: Persian Royal Culture in the Babylonian Talmud. This project aimed at studying the impact of Persian royal culture on Babylonian Jewry, as reflected through the Babylonian Talmud.

 

2008 Comprehensive evaluation of two courses for the Open University of Israel:

The World of the Rabbis, and The Jewish Diaspora in the Graeco-Roman Era.

 

2008-2009: University of Geneva: Post-doctoral research fellowship, supported by the

Foundation for Interreligious and intercultural Research and Dialogue.

Research Project: Martyrdom in Mesopotamia

Comparative study of the martyrdom depictions in the Babylonian Jewish tradition, the literature of Persian Christianity, and the Eastern Manichaean tradition.

 

 Fellowships, Awards, Scholarships and Prizes:

 

Eliezer Shimshon and Bertal Rosenthal Prize for Talmud, 2015.  

 

Post-doctoral Position, "Parables and the Parting of the Ways" Project, Utrecht University, February 2014-August, 2016 [declined]. 

 

Hay of Seaton Fellowship, The University of Aberdeen, 2012-2013 [declined]. 

Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Geneva, Foundation for

Interreligious and intercultural Research and Dialogue, 2008-2009.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2008-9, Open University of Israel [declined].

 

Warburg Prize, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, 2007-2008.

 

Ephraim Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2007-2008, Memorial

Foundation for Jewish Culture

 

Bernard M. Bloomfield Prize for 2007, highly competitive prize, Hebrew

University of Jerusalem, for my doctoral thesis.

 

Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, for the Spring term of the academic year 2007-2008 [declined]

 

Harry Starr Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, Spring,

2006.

Research Project: Persian Literary Themes and Motifs in the Aggada of the

Babylonian Talmud: This project aimed to explore the degree of Persian

influence on the literature produced by the Jews in Babylonia in the Sasanian era.

 

Dorot Foundation Travel Grant 2003. Competitive Travel Stipend for participation in the 35th Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Studies, held in Boston, December, 2003

 

The Menahem Stern Prize, The Department of the History of the Jewish

People, Hebrew University, Jerusalem in conjunction with the Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem: Competitive Prize awarded to outstanding research students in the department. 2003

 

British Friends of the Hebrew University: Grant for participation in the International Conference for Postgraduate Students in Jewish Studies, University College of London, London, September, 2000.

 

Institute of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: Grant for participation in the International Conference for Postgraduate Students in Jewish Studies, University College of London, London, September, 2000

 

Shentel Prize, Hebrew University, 1995

 

The Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. Stipend for participation in the Bet HaMidrash program, renewed annually for four years (1992-1996) 

 

Other

Member of Advisory Board, Reader's Guide to Judaism, Michael Terry, Editor,

Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago/London, 2000.

 

Organizer of workshop: Between Contact and Contrast: Jews and Christians in the Sasanian Empire, 17-18th March, 2010 at the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, under the auspices of the IKGF

 

Organizing Committee for the conference, Trading Religions, IKGF, Ruhr

Universität, Bochum.

 

Faithology web encyclopedia of religions: Judaism editor. 2013

 

Manuscript and Article Referee

AJS Review 

Entangled Religions – Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer

Gorgias Press 

Iranian Studies 

Jewish Studies Quarterly

Jewish Quarterly Review

Journal of Beliefs and Values

Journal of Jewish Studies

Oqimta

Peamim

University of California Press

Zutot

 

Other employment:

1999-2003: Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmud Research, transcription

of MSS of the Babylonian Talmud .

 

2003-2005: Senior Research Assistant for Rabbinic Historiography

Research Project, under the auspices of Professor I. Gafni

 

1995-1997 Research Assistant to Professor I. Gafni

 

Membership of Academic Associations:

Association for Jewish Studies

Israel Historical Society

Society of Biblical Literature

World Union of Jewish Studies

 

Other Academic Responsibilities:

Member of Faculty Committee: Ancient Judaism (JTS) 2005-2007

Service to the community

 (Selection of recent public lectures):

* "The Exilarch and the Sages: Between Respect and Criticism", Ramban Synagogue, Jerusalem, 8th August, 2012 

* "Postures in Prayer: a historical perspective". Center for Jewish Living, Ithaca, NY, June, 2011.

* "The Language of the Body in Historical Perspective", Kemp Mill Synagogue. Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, May, 2011.

* Qol Sofayikh" Synagogue, Jerusalem.  regular speaker

* "David of the Bavli: Sage and Anti-Hero, à la Perse", Ohel Nehama Synagogue, Jerusalem, June, 2010.

* "David of the Bavli, Sage, and Persian anti-Hero", Qol Sofayikh Synagogue, Jerusalem, Shavuot Night Study Lecture, May, 2009.