Publications, Lectures and Awards

Publications, Lectures and Awards

October 28, 2018

Professor Yehudah Mirsky's essay in "The American Interest:"  The New Jewish Question and the New Jew Hatred.

A new permutation of the oldest hatred manifested itself yesterday (October 27, 2018) in Pittsburgh. 

September 28, 2018

Dominion Built of Praise: Panegyric and Legitimacy Among Jews in the Medieval MediterraneanDominion Built of Praise:  Panegyric and Legitimacy Among Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean

Panegyric texts were a constant feature of Jewish culture in the medieval Mediterranean and can tell us as much about the society that produced them as the individuals they portray.  Decter looks at them from several perspectives—social, historical, ethical, poetic, political, and theological—and demonstrates how ideas of Islamic political legitimacy profoundly shaped the ways in which Jews conceptualized and portrayed their own leadership.

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018

Eitan Fishbane, PhD '03


A Poetics of the ZoharThe Art of Mystical Narrative:  A Poetics of the Zohar
, available for pre-orders will ship on 10 October 2018.

  • Argues for interpreting the Zohar, a Jewish kabbalistic text, as a literary work
  • Breaks new ground while engaging extensively with traditional kabbalistic scholarship
  • Places the Zohar in the literary context of its origin in the thirteenth century Spain  

Oxford University Press, 2018

Daniel Judson, PhD '15

Pennies for HeavenPennies for Heaven:  The History of American Synagogues and Money, is the first book-length treatment of how synagogues are financed in the United States. 

Delving back from 1728 to the present, Judson examines how synagogues raised funds, financed buildings, and paid clergy.  These records provide an array of new insights into the development of American synagogues and the values of the Jews who worshiped in them.

Brandeis University Press, 2018

Michael Zank, PhD '94

Politics, Religion and Political TheologyBoston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life, co-authored by Michael Zank (PhD, Brandeis University) and Allen Speight (PhD, University of Chicago) gives shape to several key facets of the relationship among politics, theology and religious thought.  

Springer, 2017