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2007-08 Visiting Scholars
David J. Malkiel is an associate professor in the Department of Jewish History at Bar-Ilan University, specializing in Jewish culture in medieval and early modern Europe. He is the author of A Separate Republic (Jerusalem 1990) and of The Jewish Christian Debate on the Eve of Modernity (Jerusalem 2004). He edited The Lion Shall Roar (Jerusalem 2003), and has recently completed a monograph on Jewish culture in medieval Franco-Germany. He is currently conducting an interdisciplinary study of the tombstones of the Jews of Padua, 1550-1850. This year at Stanford Malkiel will teach a survey of medieval and early modern Jewish history in the fall term and a graduate seminar on the reception of philosophy and kabbalah in the Middle Ages and early modern era in the winter term.
Dr. Dan Miron is the Leonard Kaye Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and an Emeritus professor of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A prolific scholar, critic and editor, Dr. Miron has established himself over the last four decades as the leading authority on Hebrew and Yiddish literatures. His influential books (more than thirty; in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Russian, and German) study most of the outstanding historical issues and major figures of Jewish literatures in modern times. As an editor-scholar, he is responsible for some of the most important Hebrew 'Collected Writings' projects to be published in the recent decades (The variorum edition of Bialik's poems; Gnessin's stories; U. Z . Greenberg's collected works, and now a collected edition of the fictional and political writings of S. Yizhar). His Latest book: Verschraenkungen - ueber juedische Literaturn, published by the Simon Dubnow Institute of the University of Leipzig (2007), offers a comprehensive and innovative view of the entire complex of literary writing by Jews throughout the last two centuries.
Yifat Holzman-Gazit is an Associate Professor at the College of Management Law School in Rishon Le'zion, Israel. She has a JSD ('97) from Stanford Law School and an LLB ('89) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She clerked for Justice Eliezer Goldberg of the Supreme Court of Israel. Holzman-Gazit’s scholarship focuses on land expropriations under Israeli law, the legal history of the Jewish National Fund and courts and media coverage. Her book Land Expropriation in Israel: Law, Culture and Society will be published later this year. Dr. Holzman-Gazit is at Stanford Law School as a visiting professor on a grant from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. At Stanford, she will be teaching two courses: “Arabs in Israeli Society” and “Legal History of the Arab-Jewish Land Conflict”
Aharon Shemesh is associate professor at the Department of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He served as visiting professor at the Near East Studies department at University of California, Berkeley and at the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University (2005). Shemesh was twice Harry Starr Fellow at the Center for Jewish studies, Harvard University in the years 1996 and 2007. He was also a fellow at the Oxford center for Hebrew and Jewish in 2000 and during the summer of 2006 he was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation study center in Bellagio, Italy.
Aharon Shemesh has published widely on the development of Jewish law (Halakhah) in antiquity. In recent years he specialized in the field of Halakhah in the Dead Sea Scrolls. His recent publications include: Punishments and Sins: From Scripture to the Rabbis, Magnes, Jerusalem 2003; “4Q251: Midrash Mishpatim”, DSD 12 (2005); “The Laws of the Firstborn and the Cattle Tithe in Qumran Literature and Rabbinic Halakhah”, Megillot 3 (2005);“The Halakhic and Social Status of Women According to the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Annual of Bar-Ilan University, Studies in Judaica and the Humanities 30-31(In memory of Prof. M.S. Feldblum), Ramat-Gan 2006.