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New Article by Leonard Grunstein of the Revel Board of Overseers

July 30th, 2014 by rjacob

Leonard-GrunsteinRecently published in the spring 2014 edition of the Real Estate Finance Journal, Leonard Grunstein’s plan to resolve New York’s affordable housing crisis proposes a new mixed-income, mixed-use model of affordable housing that enables the free-market to fund the development.  Mr. Grunstein is also the author of a major study of direct relevance to the field of Jewish Studies, where he provides a comparative analysis of central aspects of the laws of interest in halakhah, sharia, and canon law.

Revel Alumnus to Speak at The Library of Congress

July 22nd, 2014 by rjacob

Shai-Secunda-portrait1Revel Alumnus Dr. Shai Secunda will be speaking at The Library of Congress on Tuesday, July 22nd. Dr. Secunda received his PhD in Talmud from Revel in 2008, completing his dissertation: “Dashtana—Ke-Derekh Nashim Li: A Study of the Babylonian Rabbinic Laws of Menstruation in Relation to Corresponding Zoroastrian Texts,” under the direction of Prof. Yaakov Elman. He is currently a Martin Buber Research Fellow at The Hebrew University. Dr. Secunda is also the author of “The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sassanian Context.”

View the flyer here.

Professor Joshua Karlip’s New Book: The Tragedy of a Generation

July 15th, 2014 by yaellefrohlich

Book--High Resolution PhotoDr. Karlip’s recently published book, The Tragedy of a Generation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism in Eastern Europe (Harvard University Press, 2013) examines the “ideal” of Diaspora Nationalism, a pre-WWII movement seeking Jewish national autonomy within Europe, and its complex relationship to other ideologies such as Yiddishism, traditional Judaism, Zionism and socialism. Karlip, Associate Professor of Jewish History at Revel and Yeshiva College, focuses on three Diaspora nationalist leaders—Yisroel Efroikin, Zelig Kalmanovitch and Elias Tcherikower—from the 1905 Russian Revolution through the movement’s ideological demise with the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust.

Karlip’s work has garnered outstanding praise in the AJS Review, Foreign Affairs, and East European Jewish AffairsAccording to one reviewer, Ezra Mendelsohn (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in East European Jewish Affairs), “Karlip leads us, in some detail, through the permutations, the seemingly endless shifts of opinion, and the bursts of pessimism and optimism that characterised the advocates of the autonomist idea during the period between the two Russian revolutions and during the interwar period.”   Read the rest of this entry »

Alumnus Sigurd Neubauer Publishes Political Science Articles

July 14th, 2014 by yaellefrohlich

sigurd neubauerRevel alumnus Sigurd Neubauer (BRGS ’14), now a Washington, DC-based defense and strategic affairs analyst, recently published articles about US-Iranian and -Saudi politics on the Huffington Post and Atlantic Council websites.

Neubauer has seven years experience in strategic communications, public diplomacy and research focusing on American foreign policy towards the European Union and the Middle East from both the U.S. defense industry and from the NGO sector. In his current position at SOS International Ltd., a privately held operations support company providing information engagement, intelligence solutions and stability operations, Neubauer supports the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan with their strategic communications efforts. Under a previous contract with the United States Strategic Command, he analyzed Israeli military security. Neubauer is also an adviser to the American Middle East Institute and a member of the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project at Columbia University. His work has also been translated into Arabic.


New Book by Prof. Mahnaz Moazami

July 3rd, 2014 by rjacob

IS9_HR_proef6 copyWe congratulate Prof. Mahnaz Moazami, who has regularly taught Middle Persian at Revel for many years, on the publication of a major study.   Some of her courses are taught in conjunction with Prof. Yaakov Elman, whose pioneering work on the interface between Talmudic and Middle Persian culture has transformed the academic study of the Talmudic period in Babylonia.  This book deals with a text that is fascinating in itself but also sheds light on the similarities and differences between the  legal and ideological world of Zoroastrian scholars  and that of the Sages of the Babylonian Talmud.  For details about the book, see http://www.brill.com/products/book/wrestling-demons-pahlavi-widewdad.

Revel Doctoral Candidate Receives MFJC Dissertation Grant

June 26th, 2014 by rjacob

landmanThe Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture has awarded a Doctoral Scholarship to Revel PhD candidate Yael Landman for 2014-2015. Through its generous dissertation grants, the Foundation helps train qualified individuals for careers in Jewish scholarship and research.

Yael Landman is a doctoral candidate in the Bible department interested in biblical and ancient Near Eastern law and literature and Semitic linguistics. Her dissertation, “The Biblical Law of Bailment in Its Ancient Near Eastern Contexts,” examines the institution of bailment through its treatment in biblical and cuneiform law corpora, biblical narrative, and Mesopotamian legal documents.

Revel Doctoral Student Aryeh Tuchman Presents Paper at Indiana University

June 15th, 2014 by rjacob

Aryeh Headshot no logoAt an international conference convened by the Institute for Contemporary Antisemitism at Indiana University, Aryeh Tuchman joined thirty other scholars for three days of intensive interdisciplinary study of contemporary antisemitism. Aryeh’s paper focused on “Generational Changes in the Holocaust Denial Movement,” and analyzed the shifting rhetorical strategies employed by Holocaust deniers from the 1970s through today. Aryeh’s interest in contemporary antisemitism grew as a result of his studies of antisemitism in the medieval period at BRGS.

Celebrating Our Graduates

June 13th, 2014 by yaellefrohlich

img_5482_SLRevel celebrated its 48 MA Program graduates of 2013-2014 at the school’s annual Year-End Student-Faculty Reception on May 28. The event took place on the Wilf Campus, utilizing Revel’s new Graduate Lounge and Dean’s Suite on the third floor of Furst Hall. The event brought together students, faculty, and new graduates and their families.


img_5466_SLIn his address to attendees, Dean David Berger stressed the academic qualifications of Revel students and alumni that make the school so scholastically unique. “There is no other graduate program with a substantial body of students who can almost all confront the classical sources of Judaism in their original languages with the knowledge and sophistication that you bring to your studies,” he stated. “It is a pleasure–even an honor–to teach you.”


img_5469_SL-smallThe first part of the program featured a special presentation by Revel’s senior adjunct Visiting Professor of Jewish History and Literature Sid Z. Leiman to retiring YU Judaica librarian and collector Zalman Alpert, who has served as an indispensable resource for Revel and other YU faculty for over 35 years. Leiman presented Alpert with Read the rest of this entry »

Professor Perelis’ Class Views 16th Century Polyglot Bible at the NYPL

May 16th, 2014 by rjacob

polyglot11It isn’t every day that you have the occasion to study a 16th century piece of history.  Revel students were treated to just that on Friday, April 25 when Professor Jesús de Prado Plumed, an expert from Universidad Hebraica de México, joined Prof. Ronnie Perelis’ Medieval Jewish History class and Prof. Jeffery Freedman’s Stern College class on the “History of the Book” at the New York Public Library to view the Compultense Polygot Bible, from the library’s collection.  Read the rest of this entry »

Revel Doctoral Candidate Receives Prestigious Gorgias Press Brook Grant

May 12th, 2014 by rjacob

landmanCongratulations to Yael Landman on receiving a Gorgias Press Brook Grant for 2014. Gorgias Press is an academic publisher specializing in several areas of religious studies. Every year, Gorgias selects two outstanding graduate students as winners of its Gorgias Book Grant, awarding each $500 in Gorgias titles. Read the rest of this entry »