Dr. Afterman fields of research are Kabbalah and medieval Jewish philosophy. His work focuses on religious experience, spiritual and mystical interpretations of prayer and Hallakha; ritual and performance; philosophical and mystical ideas of human perfection and transformation; mystical experience and the history of kabbalah.Dr. Afterman teaches Jewish philosophy, Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah at the Department of Hebrew Culture. His first book The Intentions of Prayers in Early Ecstatic Kabbalah (2004) analyzes a unique type of linguistic and ecstatic kabalistic commentary to the liturgy from the early stages of the emergence of kabbalah in the thirteen century Spain. His second book Devequt: Mystical Intimacy in Medieval Jewish Thought (in print) analyzes the idea of mystical intimacy and devekut (communion or union with God) in Jewish philosophy and kabbalah.
Prof. Gideon Bohak (Ph.D. Princeton, 1994) studied Classics and Jewish History, and specializes in ancient Jewish culture. His main research interest in the last few years revolves around the study of the Jewish magical tradition, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The main focus of his current work is the study of the magical, astrological, divinatory and alchemical fragments from the Cairo Genizah, including the identification, classification, and cataloguing of all relevant fragments, and the publication of the most important ones. He also uses the Genizah fragments, non-Genizah medieval manuscripts, the Jewish incantation bowls from Sasanian Babylonia, the metal-plate amulets from Byzantine Palestine, the Hekhalot and Merkabah literature, and the relevant sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls to reconstruct the historical development of the Jewish magical tradition in Antiquity (and see G. Bohak, Ancient Jewish Magic, Cambridge, 2008).
Professor Athalya Brenner teaches at the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies. She ·is Profesor Emerita of Hebrew Bible at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has a BA in Biblical Studies and English from the University of Haifa; MA in Biblical Studies from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; PhD from the University of Manchester, England (department of Near Eastern Studies, 1979), and Honorary PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany (2002). Her main interests are feminist criticism of the bible and the bible in/and cultural studies.
Shai Heijmans is a lecturer of Hebrew and Aramaic at Talpiyot College, Holon and a research assistant in the Qumran Dictionary Project at the University of Göttingen. He received his MA (summa cum laude) from the department of Hebrew Language, Tel-Aviv University, and is now completing his PhD on the Greek and Latin loanwords in the Mishna in the same department. His interests are Biblical Hebrew, Rabbinic Hebrew and Jewish Palestinian Aramaic.
Dr. Yuval Jobani
Dr. Yuval Jobani teaches Hebrew Culture and Education at Tel-Aviv University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University (2010-2011), and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2008-2010), where he was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Michael Walzer. His publications include: "Three Basic Models of Secular Jewish Culture," Israel Studies 13.3 (2008); "Ethical or Political Religion? On the Contradiction Between Two Models of Amended Religion in Spinoza’s ‘Theological-Political Treatise,’" Hebraic Political Studies, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2008), pp. 396-415; and "On Scholars and Soldiers", The Jewish Political Tradition (Vol.3), Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum and Noam Zohar (eds.), Yale University Press.
Diana Lipton read English Literature at Oxford University, specialising in medieval literature. After time devoted to investment banking and later full-time motherhood, she moved to Cambridge University, where she studied for a Diploma in the Divinity School and completed a PhD on dreams in the book of Genesis, published as Revisions of the Night: Politics and Promises in the Patriarchal Dreams of Genesis, 1999. She spent almost ten years as a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, during which time she was also an Affliliated Lecturer in the Cambridge Divinity School and a part-time lecturer in Bible at Leo Baeck College, London. From January 2007 to July 2011 (when she moved to Israel), Diana was Lecturer then Reader in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King’s College London. Her latest book is Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales, 2008, and she is working now on the use of the Bible in Talmudic narratives. Diana loves teaching and happily agrees with Rabbi Hanina: I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and from my students most of all.
Prof. Lorberbaum is chair of the Graduate School of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He has chaired the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University (2004) and is the founding chair of the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies (2004-2008). Prof. Lorberbaum is also a founding member of the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem and is a senior fellow of its Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies. Lorberbaum is author of Politics and the Limits of Law (Stanford 2001; Hebrew: 2006) and We are Dazzled by His Beauty (Hebrew, Ben Zvi Institute, Forthcoming). Together with Professors Michael Walzer of Princeton and Noam Zohar of Bar-Ilan he is a senior editor of the Jewish Political Tradition series (vol 1 "Authority," Yale University Press 2000, Hebrew: 2007; vol. 2 "Membership," Yale University Press 2003). He is editor of the new and first complete Hebrew translation of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan (Shalem 2009). His Hebrew collection of papers in political philosophy, Leviathan in the Holy Land, has been accepted for publication by Yediot Aharonot publishers.
Studies in Tübingen, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv. Ph.D. 1987 in Tel Aviv, “Development of the Jewish Belief in Angels in Second Temple Period”. Since 1987 lecturer, later senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Department for Jewish Philosophy (today part of the Department of Jewish Cultural Studies). 1998 – 2003 head of the department. Main interests: Jewish Thought oin Second Temple Period (Apocalypticism, Qumran, New Testament, early Jewish Mysticism) and some modern Jewish thinkers (as Freud and Buber).
Prof. Ron Margolin
Completed his PhD at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Senior Lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies and Head of MA Program for Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Margolin specializes in the study of Hasidism, Modern Jewish Thought and the study of secularization. His book The Temple of Man: religious internalization and design inner religious life in early Hasidism, was published in 2005 by Magnes Press. His new book on religion and reflection on internal Jewish sources will be published soon and cultural commentary series published by Bar - Ilan University.
Vered Noam is a professor of Talmud and Ancient Jewish Literature in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel Aviv University. She was a Horace Goldsmith Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies, Yale University, for the academic year 2010-2011.On 2010 she won the Michael Bruno Memorial Award, granted by Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild family foundation.Prof. Noam is a scholar of rabbinic literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her major works are Megillat Ta’anit: Versions, Interpretation, History. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2003; From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution: Conceptions of Impurity, Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi Press, 2010. She is currently engaged in two projects: A Literary-Historical Investigation of the Parallel Traditions in Josephus and in Rabbinic Literature (with Prof. Tal Ilan), for which she was recently awarded a three year grant from the Israel Science Foundation; and investigation of the legal exegesis of the Pentateuch in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
MEIRA POLLIACK is Professor of Bible at Tel-Aviv University. She was Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies at Yale University (2009-2010) and member of the reaseach group on Encountering Scripture in Overlapping Cultures: Early Jewish, Christian and Muslim Strategies of reading and Their Contemporary Implications at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Fall 2010). She is sectional editor (Medieval Arabic-Speaking World) of The Encyclopaedia of Jews in the Islamic World and co-editor with Michael G. Wechsler of the Series Karaite Texts and Studies (Brill). She has published on medieval Jewish Bible translation and exegesis in the Islamic milieu, Judaeo-Arabic literature, Karaism, and the Cairo Geniza. Among her works: The Karaite Tradition of Arabic Bible Translation: A Linguistic and Exegetical Study of the Karaite Translations of the Pentateuch from the Tenth to the Eleventh Centuries CE. (Leiden: Brill, 1997); Karaite Judaism: A Guide to its History and Literary Sources (Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2003), and, together with Eliezer Schlossberg, Yefet Ben Eli's Commentary on Hosea; Annotated Edition, Hebrew Translation and Introduction (Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2009).
Ishay Rosen-Zvi is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Talmud and Late Antiquity section in the department of Hebrew Culture Studies at Tel-Aviv University, where he teaches Talmudic literature and culture. His main interests are: Midrashic hermeneutics; the formation of the Mishna; Temple rituals in rabbinic literature; and gender and sexuality in late antiquity. Ishay’s book, titled "The Rite that Was Not: Temple, Midrash and Gender in Tractate Sotah," was published in Magness Press (2008) and an English version is forthcoming in the Journal for the Study of Judaism-Supplement Series, Leiden: Brill. A monograph on the history of the "evil inclination" from the Bible to rabbinic literature and early Christianity is forthcoming in University of Pennsylvania Press under the title: "Demonic Desires: YETZER HARA and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity
Dr. Shai Secunda
Shai Secunda is a Martin Buber fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he also lectures in the department of comparative religion. He works on rabbinic literature - particularly on the Babylonian Talmud - and its place within the multi- religious space of pre-Islamic Iran. He was trained as a Talmudist at Yeshiva University (where he received a Ph.D,) and in Iranian studies at Harvard University. He was a postdoctoral lecturer in Yale's religion department and a fellow at Hebrew University's Scholion Center for Interdisciplinary Research. His book The Iranian Talmud: Reading the Bavli in its Sasanian Context will be out this fall with University of Pennsylvania Press.
Dr. Eli Schonfeld is lecturer in modern Jewish philosophy at the departments of Jewish Philosophy and General Studies of Tel Aviv University, and lecturer at the Philosophy department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. His main research includes Modern Continental Philosophy and Jewish Thought. His doctoral dissertation – "The alienations of the subject: an inquiry into the limits of philosophy" (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, awarded Summa cum Laude) – deals with the Phenomenology of Husserl, Sartre and Lévinas.