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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.

Shana SchickRevel alumna Dr. Shana Schick’s article, “Negligence and Strict Liability in the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds: Two Competing Systems of Tort Law in the Rulings of Early Amoraim,” was recently published in the Jewish law journal Dine Israel (vol. 29 [2013]). The article explores the differences between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds’ laws holding people responsible for inadvertent property damage.
Schick received her doctorate in Talmudic Studies from Revel in 2011, making her the first woman to graduate from Yeshiva University with a PhD in Talmud. She is currently pursuing post-doctoral work at the University of Haifa’s Department of Jewish History and Thought.

Fine_Steven_59329c-35-1The unique story of Dr. Steven Fine’s undergraduate Ancient Jewish History class and its semester-long quest to decipher a 5th-century, Aramaic-language, Jewish woman’s tombstone featured in The New York Times last week. The project involved close correspondence with Californian Pastor Carl Morgan, also curator of the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology, who was in possession the tombstone and answered the class’s various questions 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.

The story was also picked up by The Jewish Week in October.



iran-israel-flagsDr. Daniel Tsadik, Assistant Professor of Iranian and Sephardic Studies at Revel, has presented a paper at an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism. The topic of this international conference which was held on October 4, 2013 at Yale University was “Exodus or Exile?: The Departure of Jews from Muslim Counties, 1948-1978.” Daniel Tsadik’s paper examined the Jews immigration from Iran and its relevance to the question of their identity. This paper constitutes a continuation of Daniel Tsadik’s recent article “Identity among the Jews of Iran,” in: Amanat, A and Vejdani, F (Eds.), Iran Facing Others: Identity Boundaries in a Historical Perspective (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 219-242.



iranian-talmud-book-imageRevel congratulates Shai Secunda on his recently published book, The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli In Its Sasanian Context (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). Secunda earned his Revel PhD in Talmud 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.


The Iranian Talmud continues this research. Although the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, has been a text central and vital to the Jewish canon since the Middle Ages, the context in which it was produced has been poorly understood. Delving deep into Sasanian material culture and literary remains, the new volume pieces together the dynamic world of late antique Iran, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview of the world that shaped the Bavli. 

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Professor Richard Steiner BibleIn an article just published in the Jewish Studies Internet Journal, Revel Professor Richard C. Steiner proposes a new solution to a blatant internal contradiction within Kol Nidre going back to the time of Rabbenu Tam and his father, R. Samuel of Ramerupt. The article entitled Kol Nidre: Past, Present and Future, goes through the various textual and Halakhic issues that have been raised against the recitation of this famous prayer.

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Studying the Arch of Titus Menorah Panel (photo courtesy of the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project)Revel Professor Steven Fine, also director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, recently presented some of his cutting-edge research on the Arch of Titus at the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from July 28 to August 1, 2013. His lecture focused on 20th-century interpretations of the Arch’s Menorah panel and their contemporary implications for Jewish nationalism and collective memory.

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Symposium7A team of young scholars that seek to place textual analysis at the forefront of academic halakhah scholarship came to Revel to participate in a symposium on Tuesday evening, April 16th 2013. Around 65 Revel students, alumni, and faculty, as well as other guests, gathered to hear from members of the Graduate Workshop on Jewish Law and Methodology as they presented four papers in a symposium entitled “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Halakhic Texts.”

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yom haatzmaut eventThe Bernard Revel Graduate School invites you to a Symposium: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Halakhic Texts by members of the Graduate Workshop on Jewish Law and Methodology, a multi-disciplinary team of young scholars that explores new ways to place textual analysis at the forefront of halakhah scholarship. Its members include doctoral students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Yeshiva University.

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cohen-kanarMordechai Cohen and Ephraim Kanarfogel Participate in Advanced Judaic Studies Research Group

Dr. Mordechai Cohen, associate dean and professor of bible at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Jewish History at Revel, are participating, as adjunct fellows, in a research group at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania that spans the 2012-13 academic year.

Cohen and Kanarfogel join a group of approximately two dozen leading scholars of Jewish, Christian and Islamic social and intellectual history from universities around the world to conduct research on this year’s theme, “Institutionalization, Innovation and Conflict in 13th Century Judaism,” and develop a more fully-integrated account of Europe and the Mediterranean basin in the 13th century.

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