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Yigal-sklarinRevel PhD candidate Rabbi Yigal Sklarin was recently awarded the prestigious Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation, which recognizes five passionate and talented emerging leaders in Jewish education who have been working in the field for 10 years or less.

Sklarin earned his BA in history from Yeshiva College where he received the Max and Sophie Manicoff Award for Excellence in Talmud. He received semicha [rabbinic ordination] from YU-affiliated RIETS and was a member of the Wexner Kollel Elyon. He also completed an MA from the Revel, where he is now pursuing a PhD in Modern Jewish History.

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10 Elisheva Carlebach, Jewish historyRevel extends an enthusiastic congratulations to Elisheva Carlebach, Salo Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society in the Department of History, Columbia University, and adjunct Professor of Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, who is the recipient of the Association for Jewish Studies’ (AJS) 2014 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in the category of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish History for her book, Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe (Harvard University Press).

According to the AJS, the prize “recognizes and promotes outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish Publication Palaces-of-TimeStudies and honors scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing.” The prize, awarded once in three years per category, will be presented on Sunday night December 14, 2014 at the AJS Conference in Baltimore.

Upon receiving notification of this award, Dean David Berger reacted as follows: Prof. Carlebach is a scholar of international renown and is also a figure of great stature in the professional leadership of the field of Jewish Studies.  There is no higher compliment than to say that this book is worthy of her.  Prof Carlebach’s position as Senior Adjunct Professor in the Bernard Revel Graduate School adds luster to our institution and affords our students a treasured opportunity to benefit from her instruction and her guidance.


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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