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Recent Publications, Lectures and Awards

Yehudah Mirsky. Professor Mirsky discusses the legacy of a controversial, yet respected, Israeli political figure, Former Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres, with BrandeisNOW.

Zev Eleff, PhD '15, published Who Rules the Synagogue?: Religious Authority and the Formation of American Judaism, Oxford University Press, 2016; Eleff weaves togeter the significant episodes and debates that shaped American Judaism during the ninteenth century when Jewish community leadership transformed from lay leadership to ordained rabbis, and Eleff places this story into the larger context of American religious history and modern Jewish history.  Eleff is Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL. 

Yehudah Mirsky. "Revelation and Redemption: Avraham Yitzhak Ha-Cohen Kook, 1865-1935," from Makers of Jewish Modernity, J. Picard et al eds, Princeton University Press, 2016, pp. 92-107

David Ellenson.  “To Reshape the World:  Interpretation, Renewal, and Feminist Approaches to Jewish Law and Legal  Ruling in America and Israel.”  Journal of Jewish Ethics, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2016), pp 38-63. [From the Rawidowicz lecture, Nov. 3, 2015.]

Senator Tim Kaine, Anne Holton, and the Meaning of Character:  A Personal Reflection—What growing up in Virginia taught me about moral courage.”  Tablet, The Scroll, August 12, 2016.

David Wright. “Law and Creation in the Priestly-Holiness Writings of the Pentateuch.” Pp. 71–101 in Laws of Heaven—Laws of Nature: Legal Interpretations of Cosmic Phenomena in the Ancient World. Ed. Konrad Schmid and Christoph Uehlinger. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis. Fribourg: Academic Press; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016. [From a conference at the Universität Zürich, 2011.]

Tzvi Abusch.  Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals, volume 2 (with Daniel Schwemer, et al.) (Ancient Magic and Divination 8/2; Leiden: Brill, 2016).

Maqlû: A Student Edition and Selected Commentary (State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Texts 11; Helsinki: Neo Assyrian Text Corpus Project, 2015).

Benjamin Steiner, PhD student, article "That Judaism Might Yet Live: Pastoral Care and the Making of the Post-Holocaust Conservative Rabbinate" will appear in American Jewish History.

Malka Simkovich, PhD, '15, shares her thoughts via The Blogs in The Times of Israel.  Her article is entitled, "Working hard for the money:  Breaking the taboo of how we pay female Orthodox educators."

Ilona Zsolnay, PhD, '09, publishes Being a Man:  Negotiating Ancient Constructs of Masculinity, edited by Dr. Zsolnay.  Her book reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond and is a fascinating study for anyone with an interest in gender and sexuality throughout history.

Jonathan Sarna Receives Lee Max Friedman Award Medal

Jonathan Sarna

At the June, 2016 biennial Scholars' Conference of the American Jewish Historical Society Academic Council, Jonathan D. Sarna received the Lee Max Friedman Award Medal. This award was established in memory of a past Society president and is awarded biennially by the American Jewish Historical Society to any individual, group or association deemed to have rendered distinguished service in the field of American Jewish History.

Jason Olson, PhD '16, combines spirituality with academics in his role as Navy Chaplain.

Article by Simon Goodacre