Faculty and alumni from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies presented at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies held from August 6 to 10 at the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Revel faculty who presented were Dr. Mordechai Z. Cohen, associate dean and divisional coordinator of academic Jewish studies (“New Perspectives on Rashi’s Peshat Agenda in Light of St. Bruno the Carthusian”); Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law and chair, Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies (“The Development of the Daily Recitation of Psalms in Medieval Ashkenaz” and “Medieval Ashkenaz VIII: Liturgy and Customs”); Dr. Sid Z. Leiman, visiting professor of Jewish history from the University of Pennsylvania (“Jacob Joshua Falk’s Final Salvo in the Emden-Eibeschütz Controversy”); Dr. Richard Hidary, associate professor of Jewish history (“Talmudic Dialogical Forms as Greco-Roman Rhetorical Exercises”); and Dr. David Berger, dean and Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History at Revel (participant in a discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Same God, Other God).

Revel alumni who presented were Yitzhak Berger (“Samson, Delilah, and Balaam: Allusion and Meaning in the Book of Judges”); Michelle J. Levine (“The Literary and Thematic Unity of Balaam’s Prophecies in Ramban’s Biblical Commentary”); Moshe J. Bernstein (“‘Finish, Complete, and Destroy’: Biblical Hebrew Killah in Targum Onqelos to the Pentateuch”); Jeffrey Woolf (“The Preacher as Poseq: R. Azariah Figo as Halakhist”); Shana Strauch Schick (“‘X Haynu Tanna Kamma’: From Dialogue to Stock Formulation”); Shai Secunda (Beyond the Rabbinic Academy: Late Antique Scholastic Cultures”); Gabriel Wasserman (“Midrashic and Payyetanic Sources for the Story of Moses’s Death in the Karaite Work Levush Malkhuth”); and Hillel Novetsky (“Contributions of the Digital Revolution to Creating a New Mikraot Gedolot”).

The World Congress of Jewish Studies convenes in Jerusalem every four years and brings together thousands of participants who attend hundreds of lectures in various fields and on many diverse topics in Jewish studies.

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