Professor of Classical Rabbinic Literature
Yale University, PhD
Yale University, MPhil
Jewish Theological Seminary, MHL
Jewish Theological Seminary, BHL
Columbia University, BS
Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi
Reuven Kimelman is Professor of Classical Rabbinic Literature at Brandeis University. His work specializes in the history of Judaism with a focus on the history and meaning of the Jewish liturgy. Professor Kimelman teaches courses and directs doctoral work in Talmud, Midrash, Liturgy, Ethics, and the Jewish Political tradition. He co-directs the program with Bernadette Brooten in Judaism and Christianity in Late Antiquity. His most recent courses taught include The Western Canon, Midrashic Literature: Sifre Deuteronomy, and Understanding Evil and Human Destiny.
He has written on the interaction between Judaism and Christianity in antiquity and modernity. His books include The Rhetoric of Jewish Prayer: A Literary and Historical Commentary on the Prayerbook, and the Hebrew work The Mystical Meaning of Lekhah Dodi and the Welcoming of the Sabbath.