Celebrating one of the most influential teachers of Tanakh in recent decades, over 200 Revel students, alumni, and faculty—joined by YU undergraduates and members of the Jewish community at large—gathered for the first of Revel’s special lecture events this year: “Nehama Leibowitz and Tanakh Study: Yesterday and Today.” The event, made possible by the Dr. Monique and Mordecai D. Katz Endowed Lecture Fund, was hosted by Revel on October 22, 2013 at YU’s Wilf Campus. Presentations included personal and academic perspectives on the life and legacy of Nehama, as the master pedagogue humbly preferred to be called.
Revel Lecture Offers Personal Recollections, Academic Analysis of Noted Bible Scholar
The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies held its inaugural event of the fall semester’s special lecture series, “Nehama Leibowitz and Tanakh Study: Yesterday and Today,” at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus on October 22. The event, which was attended by more than 200 people, included personal recollections of Leibowitz by one of her earliest pupils, Esther Manischewitz, as well as an academic lecture about Leibowitz’s Bible scholarship by Revel Associate Dean and Professor of Bible, Dr. Mordechai Z. Cohen.
“Nehama Leibowitz, the master teacher, has become a larger than life figure, a sort of celebrity,” said Cohen. “Yet Nehama regarded herself as a simple teacher, who sought to guide others in their study of Tanakh [Bible].” Read the rest of this entry »
Yaakov Taubes was attracted to Revel because of the “amazing professors and small class sizes that allow students to develop a relationship with leaders in the field of Jewish studies.” Now he is a semester away from completing his MA in Medieval Jewish History. Yaakov also hopes to finish semicha at RIETS by June 2014.
Yaakov explains that he chose to focus on Medieval Jewish History while taking a course in the field during his first semester as an undergraduate at Yeshiva College. That course “rekindled my high school love of history which had been dormant during my time in Israel,” Yaakov says. “I decided to major in History and Jewish Studies to get the best of both worlds. It was therefore only natural that I would continue my studies at Revel.” Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry University Professor of Jewish History, Literature and Law at Yeshiva University, is the recipient of the Association of Jewish Studies’ (AJS) 2013 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the fields of Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, and Jewish History and Culture in Antiquity for his latest book, The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz (Wayne State University Press, 2012). According to the AJS, the prize “recognizes and promotes outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing.”
“This is probably the most prestigious award offered in the field of academic Jewish Studies in the United States,” said Professor David Berger, Dean of YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Read the rest of this entry »
Special Event – The Sephardic Diaspora: A Responsa Workshop with Prof. Matt Goldish (Ohio State University)November 7th, 2013 by yaellefrohlich
The Sephardic Diaspora: A Responsa Workshop with Prof. Matt Goldish (Ohio State University)
November 12, 2013, 7:00pm
Bernard Revel Graduate School
Yeshiva University, Wilf Campus
Furst Hall Room 307
Prof. Goldish will guide our analysis of two Rabbinic responsum (Teshuvot) from the post-Expulsion Sephardic world dealing with the re-integration of former Conversos into normative Jewish communities. These texts offer the historian a unique opportunity to explore the complexities of religious identity and communal life. Prof. Goldish is a renowned expert on Sephardic Rabbinic culture in the early modern period and is a dynamic and engaging teacher.
Please RSVP and address any questions to Prof. Ronnie Perelis at email@example.com.
Revel welcomes back alumna Yaelle Frohlich as the graduate school’s new Alumni Relations Coordinator. Yaelle earned her master’s degree in Modern Jewish History in January 2012, and is currently studying for her doctorate in NYU’s joint program in History-Hebrew & Judaic Studies. “Although I decided to continue my academic training at NYU, I have remained connected to the Revel community,” explains Yaelle. “Therefore, I welcomed this opportunity to help build the Revel alumni community. Revel has hundreds of alumni who work in different fields, many of whom have done some really interesting, worthwhile things with their time and talents. I’m looking forward to working part-time with the Revel administration in reaching out to these alumni and helping coordinate other projects.”
Art, History and the Historiography of Judaism in Roman Antiquity explores the complex interplay between visual culture, texts, and their interpretations, arguing for an open-ended and self-aware approach to understanding Jewish culture from the first century CE through the rise of Islam. The essays assembled here range from the “thick description” of Josephus’s portrayal of Bezalel son of Uri as a Roman architect through the inscriptions of the Dura Europos synagogue, Jewish reflections on Caligula in color, the polychromy of the Jerusalem temple and new-old approaches to the zodiac, and to the Christian destruction of ancient synagogues. Taken together, these essays suggest a humane approach to the history of the Jews in an age of deep and long-lasting transitions—both in antiquity, and in our own time. Read the rest of this entry »
Revel’s recently published magazine, Revel: 75 Years and Beyond, which celebrates more than three quarters of a century since the school’s establishment, is now available online. Packed with information about Revel’s degree programs, outstanding faculty, exciting opportunities and more, the magazine also features some of Revel’s many accomplished students and alumni. We look forward to many more decades of scholarship and achievement!
Lecture Presented by Yeshiva College and Revel Offers Insight into the Linguistic and Cultural Process of Becoming FrumOctober 21st, 2013 by yaellefrohlich
(This article by Yaffi Spodek originally appeared on YUNews and is republished here courtesy of YU Communications.)
Dr. Sarah Benor, an expert on the social science of American Jews, discussed several key concepts from her book, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012), at an October 15 lecture on YU’s Wilf Campus. The talk was presented by Yeshiva College’s Department of Jewish Studies and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies.
Based on her research studying the members of a Jewish community in Philadelphia for a year, Benor explored their distinctive culture and language and explained how ba’alei teshuva [newly religious] acquire those speech patterns as part of the process of joining the Orthodox community. Read the rest of this entry »
Revel Professor Steven Fine and his undergraduate Ancient Jewish History class featured in The Jewish Week this past Tuesday, after an exciting semester of tombstone deciphering and cross-country friendship. An article by Fine, “Tales From Tombstones,” caught the eye of Californian Pastor Carl Morgan, also curator of the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology. Morgan possessed one of the Aramaic tombstones about which Fine had written, and sent Fine a photograph of the artifact. Fine’s students decided to decipher the 5th-century tombstone over the course of the semester, all the while in touch with Morgan to glean more information about the artifact’s appearance and dimensions. In the end, Morgan generously chose to donate the tombstone to the Yeshiva University Museum, believing that the non-biblical tombstone of “Sa’adah, daughter of Pi[nchas]” belonged in a Jewish institution.