Reuven Kimelman, professor of classical rabbinic literature, teaches courses and directs doctoral work in Talmud, Midrash, liturgy, ethics and the Jewish political tradition. He codirects the program with Bernadette Brooten in Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity.
Kimleman's focus is on the relationship between historical and literary analysis. His books include The Rhetoric of Jewish Prayer: a Literary and Historical Commentary on the Prayerbook (Forthcoming: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) and the Hebrew work The Mystical Meaning of Lekhah Dodi and the Welcoming of the Sabbath (Magnes Press).
Kimelman has issued three audio books, two on "The Moral Meaning of the Bible--The What, How, and Why of Biblical Ethics," and one on "The Hidden Poetry of The Jewish Prayerbook: The What, How, and Why of Jewish Liturgy."
He served on the Executive Editorial Committee of The Cambridge University History of Judaism Volume 4: The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period and is responsible for its section on liturgy and the synagogue. He represented the Jewish community in Washington, D.C., at the Catholic commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, and served as an educator for the March of the Living in Poland and Israel. He also served as a Lady Davis Scholar at the Hebrew University, as Starr Fellow at Harvard University, and as fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem.
He has taught at many colleges including Trinity, Williams, Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, and Mount Holyoke, and universities including Toronto, Hebrew, Yeshiva, and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.