Professor Ephraim Kanarfogel, the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and at Stern College for Women, was honored in Jerusalem by Merkaz Zalman Shazar/The Israel Historical Society on the publication of a Hebrew translation of his book, Mysticism, Magic and Pietism in the Thought of the Tosafists. Three of the foremost Jewish Studies scholars in the world, Professors Avraham Grossman, Joseph Hacker and Moshe Idel, all of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, offered appreciations of his scholarly achievements and manuscript research methods, and described the contributions that his scholarship has made to the fields of medieval Jewish history and thought.

Kanarfogel also spoke about popular Jewish literature in northern France and Germany during the 13th century at the book launch of a colleague at Bar-Ilan University, Professor Rela Kushelevsky, together with Professor Avigdor Shinan of The Hebrew University. In addition, he presented papers at two international conferences on medieval biblical interpretation, at Bar-Ilan University and at Haifa University. His newest book, The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz, will be published in 2012 by Wayne State University Press.


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