Benjamin C.I. Ravid
Benjamin C.I. Ravid, Jennie and Mayer Weisman Professor Emeritus of Jewish History, specializes in the Jews of early modern Europe. His research focuses on the Jewish community of Venice, which serves as a case study for numerous basic issues in Jewish history, including the attitude of the church and state toward the Jews, the legal, economic and social history of the Jews, charters, the Jewish community, the institution of the ghetto, and the phenomenon of New Christians, crypto-Jews and the Iberian diaspora.
In a wider context, Ravid is especially interested in the general issue of the interplay between religious hostility and economic toleration in early modern Europe, the readmission of the Jews to Western Europe and their eventual emancipation.
Ravid is the author of "Economics and Toleration in Seventeenth Century Venice: The Background and Context of the Discorso of Simone Luzzatto" (Jerusalem, 1978) and co-editor of "The Jews of Early Modern Venice" (2001). He also contributed historical notes, with Howard Adelman, to "The Autobiography of a Seventeenth Century Venetian Rabbi: Leon Modena's Life of Judah," translated and edited by Mark R. Cohen (1988), and has written more than 40 articles on aspects of Venetian Jewish history, nine of which were republished in "Studies on the Jews of Venice, 1382-1792," (2003).
He also has an interest in Jewish thought and twentieth-century Jewish life, in which areas he has edited three books, "Iyyunim Bemahashevet Yisrael, 2 vols." (1969, 1971), "Sihotai im Bialik" (1983), and "Israel: The Ever-Dying People" (1986), reissued in paperback under the title "State of Israel, Diaspora and Jewish Continuity" (1998).
Ravid has served as secretary-treasurer of the Association for Jewish Studies and as associate editor of the "AJS Review." He is currently on the editorial board of the journal "Italia." A Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research, he served as chair of the NEJS department from 1989 to 1992. For the academic year 1986-87, he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.