Prof. Zohar Zvi

Prof.
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Telephone: 
03-5317086
Office: 
Room 205, new wing
Reception hours: 
Meetings should be coordinated in advance

Research

Research interests: 

The Sociology, Anthropology and History of Jewish Law and Halakha; The Culture and Creativity of Sephardic-Oriental Rabbis in Modern Times; The History of the Jews of the Middle East in Modern Times.

Publications

HEBREW

BOOKS (AUTHOR)

  1. A Social Drama In Aleppo (a study in the social dynamics of a Jewish community in Syria during the French Mandate) (2003).
  2. The Luminous Face of The East: Studies in the Legal and Religious Thought of the Sephardic Rabbis of the Middle East in Modern Times (2001).
  3. Zvi Zohar & Avi Sagi, Circles of Jewish Iidentity: Public Desecration of the Sabbath in Jewish Law (from Talmudic times to the present) (2000).
  4. Zvi Zohar & Avi Sagi, Giyyur and Jewish Identity: A Study in Halakha (1994).
  5. Tradition and Change: Halakhic Responses of Egyptian and Syrian Rabbis to Legal and Technological Change (1993).

BOOKS (EDITOR)

  1. Rabbi Uzziel And His Contemporaries: Law, Leadership And Values (Jerusalem, 2009).
  2. Yahadut Shel Hayyim: Studies in the Thought of Rrabbi Hayyim David HaLevi (Zvi Zohar & Avi Sagi eds., 2007).
  3. Renewing Jewish Commitment: The Work and Thought of David Hartman (Zvi Zohar & Avi Sagi eds., 2001).

Research and Position Papers of the Rappaport Center for Assimilation Research and Strengthening Jewish Vitality (Zvi Zohar, Series Editor). Including (to date):

  1. Lilach Lev Ari, Israeli Emigrants Abroad - Jewish Continuity or Assimilation? (2008).

  2. Avi Sagi, To Be A Jew - Brener: An Existentialist Jew (2007 - in conjunction with HaKibbutz HaMeuchad press).

  3. Chen Bram, Caucasus Jews in Daghestan: Identity and Survival (2006).

  4. Michal Tur-Kaspa Shimoni, Dana Pereg & Mario Mikulincer, Psychological Aspects of Identity Formation and Their Implications for Understanding the Concept of Jewish Identity: A Review of the Scientific Literature (2004).
  5. Dana Pereg & Mario Mikulincer, "The Jewish Story": The Meaning of Jewish Identity and the Factors Shaping it among Jewish youth in Mexico City; Dana Pereg, Mario Mikulincer & Maya Aksakalov, "The Jewish Story": The Meaning of Jewish Identity and the Factors Shaping it among Jewish youth in Tashkent (2003).
  6. Ariel Picard, Halakhic Responses to Assimilation (2003).
  7. Avi Sagi, A Critique of Jewish Identity Discourse (2002).
  8. Asher Cohen, Israeli Assimilation: The Absorption of Non Jews into Israeli Society and its Influence on the Collective Identity (2002).

ARTICLES

  1. Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Culture as Extolled by Rabbi Israel Moshe Hazzan, in: Avriel Bar Levav et. al. (eds.), Arab-Jews? A Controversy on Identity (published as a special triple issue of Pe'amim), Pe'amim 125-127, 2011, pp. 177-205.

  2. Education of Jews in Syria : from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, 109 Pe'amim 5 (2007).
  3. A Response to My Critics, 17 Akdamot 11-31 (2006).

  4. Halakhic Positions Permitting Non-Marital Sexual Intimacy, 17 Akadamot 9 (2006).
  5. Developments in Syrian Jewry During the Period of Ottoman Reforms (Review Essay of: Yaron Harel "By Ships of Fire to the West")', 70(3) Zion 417-423 (2005).

  6. Religious Affirmation of Zionism as a National Liberation Movement: Aspects of the Thought of Rabbi Khalfon Moshe HaCohen of Jerba, 2 Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel- History, Culture and Society 107 (2002).
  7. Orthodoxy is Not the Only Authentic Halakhic Response to Modernity: Sephardic and Ashkenazic Religious-Halakhic Culture are Different , 10 Akdamot 139-151 (2001).

  8. The Halakhic and Religious Writings of the Rabbinic Scholars of Egypt in Modern Times, 86-87 Pe'amim 175 (2001).
  9. The Halakhic Writings of the Rabbinic Scholars of Iraq in Modern Times, 86-87 Pe'amim 4 (2001).
  10. 'Any Woman Who Engages in Torah Study Attains Many Merits' - the Attitude of Rabbi Joseph Mesas to Torah Study by Women,82 Pe'amim 150 (2000).
  11. A Lithuanian Conservative, 68(2) Tarbitz 303 (1999).
  12. Reflections and Insights regarding the Immigration of Syrian Jews to Palestine in the 1940's, 66 Pe'amim 43 (1996).
  13. 'Miqveh Yisrael HaShem': the rationale and the significance of the 'Avodah Rite of the Atonement Day Services, 19(2) AJS Rev. 1 (1994).
  14. Activist Conservatives: The Socio-Religious Policy of Aleppo's Rabbis (c.1865-1945), 55 Pe'amim 57 (1993).
  15. Jewish Communities in Syria 1880-1918: Demography, Economics and Communal Institutions in The Late Ottoman Period, 44 Pe'amim 80 (1990).
  16. Aleppos's Rabbis Act to Counter Erosion of Their Economic and Political Standing (Late 19th and Early 20th Century),10B1 World Union of Jewish Studies 281 (1990).
  17. 'Seder Ha'Avodah' of The Atonement Day Service: Form, Function and Meaning,14(1) AJS Rev. 1 (1989).
  18. New Horizons: A Major 19th Century Baghdadi Posek's Hightened Awareness of Socio-Cultural Variety and Change,36 Pe'amim 89 (1988).
  19. Between Alienation and Brotherhood: Karaite-Rabbinite Intermarriage According to Egyptian Jewish Scholars in the Twentieth Century, 32 Pe'amim 21 (1987).
  20. The Halakhic Teachings of Modern Egyptian Rabbis,16 Pe'amim 65 (1983).

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  1. An Alternative: A Typology of the Sephardic-Oriental Rabbi in the Recent Past, in: Yedidia Z. Stern and Shuki Friedman (eds.), Rabbis and Rabbinate: The Challenge, Jerusalem, IDI, 2011, vol. 1, pp. 505-523.

  2. Jewish Education in 19th and 20th century Syria , in The Jews of Syria 85-106 (Yaron Harel ed., Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem, 2009).

  3. Rabbi Amram Aburabia and his Opus Netivei Am, in Rabbi Uzziel And His Contemporaries: Law, Leadership And Values 120-165 (Zvi Zohar & Shalom Ratzabi eds., 2009).

  4. The Halakhic and Religious Writings of Egyptian Rabbis in the 19th and 20th centuries ,in The Jews of Egypt 103-114 (Nahem Ilan ed., Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem, 2008).

  5. Jewish Education in 19th and 20th Century Egypt, in The Jews of Egypt 83-102 (Nahem Ilan ed., Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem, 2008).

  6. An Awesome Event in the City of Damascus , in Tolerance in Religious Traditions (Shlomo Fisher ed., 2008).

  7. A study of Empirical Cases of Teleological Halakhic Decisions and Their Significance, in The Philosophy of Halakha 474 (Aviezer Ravitzky & Avinoam Rozenak eds., 2008).
  8. Universalist, Religious-Zionist and Israeli: Rabbi Hayyim David HaLevi's Views on Giyyur, in Yahadut Shel Hayyim: Studies in the Thought of Rrabbi Hayyim David HaLevi (Zvi Zohar & Avi Sagi eds.) 175 (2008).
  9. Halakhic Responses to Modernization and Secularization, in New Jewish Time: Jewish Culture in a Secular Age, Vol. 2, 176 (Yirmiyahu Yovel & Yair Tsaban eds., 2007).
  10. Three ‘Ideal Types' , in SHAS: Cultural and Ideological Aspects (Aviezer Ravitzky & Neri Horowitz eds.), 152 (2006).
  11. The Rabbis of the Yeshiva as a Collective Persona, in Yeshivot and Houses of Study 109 (Imannuel Etkes ed., 2006).
  12. Accepting a Convert Who Will Not Lead A Religious Life: the Halakhic Position of Rabbi Moshe HaCohen, Chief Rabbi of Diget (Jerba), in Prof. Ze'ev Falk Memorial Volume, 333 (Rivka Horovitz et al eds., 2005).
  13. Exile and Political Zionism: a Sephardic Perspective, in One Hundred Years of Religious Zionism 179 (Avi Sagi & Dov Schwartz eds., 2003).
  14. The Ritual of Giyuur and Its Symbolic Meaning, in Religion and Nationalism in Israeland Middle East 343 (Neri Horowitz ed., 2002).
  15. Halakha as a Non-Fundamentalist Religious Language: Rabbi Joseph Mesas and the Ritual Slaughterers of Tlemcen, in Jewish Culture in the Eye of the Storm 569 (Avi Sagi & Nahem Ilan eds., 2002).
  16. Zionism and the State of Israel as Viewed by Leading Sephardic-Oriental rabbis (1948-1967), in On Both Sides Of The Bridge: Religion and State in the Early Years of Israel 320 (Mordechay Bar-On & Zvi Zameret eds., 2002).
  17. 'The Vision of Ovadiah - Restoring the Crown to Its Ancient Glory': Central Aspects of the Halakhic World-View of Rabbi Ovadiah Joseph, in Researches on SHAS 159 (Yoav Peled ed., 2001).
  18. David Hartman, Maimonides, and Sephardic-Oriental Rabbis in Modern Times: A Comparative Analysis, in Renewing Jewish Commitment: The work and thought of David Hartman 607 (Avi Sagi & Zvi Zohar eds., 2001).
  19. Universal Political Ideals and Religious Zionism: Aspects of the Thought of Rabbi Haim David HaLevi, in Judaism Between the Inner and the Outer: a Dialogue Between Cultural Worlds 111 (Avi Sagi, Dudi Schwartz & Yedidia Z. Stern eds., 1999).
  20. On the Basis of Complete Torah Judaism: Rabbi Ammiel's Polemic against Haskalah, Secularism, Nationalism, Mizrahi and Agudah, in A Good Eye: Dialogue and Polemic in Jewish Culture 313 (Nahem Ilan ed., 1999).
  21. Residents of The King's Palace: (The Value and Importance of Life in the Landof Israel, in The Thought of Sephardic Rabbis Who Lived There (c. 1750-1850), in The Land of Israelin Jewish Thought in Modern Times326 (Aviezer Ravitsky ed., 1998).
  22. The Responsibility of the Knesset for the Molding of Halakha, in Multiculturalism in a Democratic Jewish State: Memorial volume for Prof. Ariel Rosen-Zvi 301 (Menachem Mautner, Avi Sagi & Ronen Shamir eds., 1998).
  23. The Independence of the Contemporary Posek (="Halakhic" Decisor) With Regard to Halakhic Preceden", in Between Authority and Autonomy in Jewish Tradition 304 (Zeev Safrai & Avi Sagi eds., 1997).
  24. Halakha and Modernization in Egypt, 1882-1918, in The Jews in Ottoman Egypt, 1517-1914577 (Jakov M. Landau ed., 1988).
  25. The Alliance Israelite Universelle: Regarding its Character as a Missionary Society, and its Non-Uniform Impact on its Target Communities, in The "Alliance" in the Communities of the Mediterranean Basin during the late 19th Century and its Socio-Cultural Impact 31 (Shimon Schwarzfuchs ed., 1987).
  26. Halakhic Decision-Making in an Era of Change, in Half the Nation The Kotlar Institute for Judaism and Contemporary Thought 21 (Shlomo Deshen ed., 1986).
  27. On the Relation Between Natural Language and the Language of Halakha, in Rabbi J. B. Soloveichik Jubilee Volume 59 (Shaul Israeli, Nahum Lamm & Itzchak Raphael eds., 1984).

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

BOOKS (AUTHOR)

1. Zvi Zohar & Avi Sagi, Transforming Identity (2007, Continuum Press, London).

BOOKS (EDITOR)

  1. Studies in a Rabbinic Family: The De Botons (Zvi Zohar, Menahem Ben Sasson et al eds., 1998).

Research and Position Papers of the Rappaport Center for Assimilation Research and Strengthening Jewish Identity (series editor);

Including (to date):

  1. Ze'ev Khanin & Velvl Chernin, Identity, Assimilation and Revival: Ethnosocial Processes among the Jewish Population of the Former Soviet Union, 2007.

  2. Gerald Cromer, Tikkun Olam: Engaged Spirituality and Jewish Identity, 2007.

  3. Adam Ferziger, The Emergence of the Community Kollel: a new model for addressing assimilation, 2006.
  4. Lars Dencik,Jewishness in Postmodernity: The case of Sweden (2005).
  5. Yaakov Lattes, Sull'assimilazione In Italia ed i Metodi Per Affrontarla (2005).
  6. Ephraim Meir, The Rosenzweig Lerhaus: Proposal for a Jewish House of Study in Kassel Under the Inspiration of Rosenzweigs Lehrhaus (2005).
  7. David Bitter, Jewish Identity Patterns And Assimilation Trends Among Young Adult Jews In Hungary (2005).
  8. Valerie Rhein, Threat And Opportunity: Assimilation And Response Amongst Basel's Jews(2005).
  9. Gerald Cromer The Quintessential Dilemma: American Jewish Responses to Intermarriage (2004).
  10. Yedidia Z. Stern, Making the Jewish Canon Accessible to Our Generation (2003).

ARTICLES

  1.  
    1. 'The Ethics of the Pepper Marts of Malabar in the mid-19th Century: A Sephardic View', in: Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, number 11, 2010, pp. 121-144. (co-author: Nathan Katz).

    2. ‘The Rabbi and the Sheikh', in: Jewish Studies Quarterly, 17 (2), 2010, pp. 114-145.
    3. Attitudes of Sephardic Rabbis in Modern Times Towards Non-Jews: A preliminary mapping of positions, Yearbook of The Institute of Jewish Studies, Charles University, Prague (accepted for publication).
    4. The Sephardic Halakhic Tradition in the 20th century , 22 Stud. Contemp. Jewry 119-149 (2008).
    5. Non-Ashkenazic Jewry as the Ground of Israeli MultiCulturalism, 5 Revista de Historia Actual 137-148 (2007).

    6. Maimonides as Inspiration and Guide for Sephardic Halakhic Leadership in Modern Times (With Special Reference to the Case of Giyyur), 2 The Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry 102 (2007).
    7. Halakha, Suicide and Social Policy, 3(1) Hagar 85 (2002).
    8. Avi Sagi & Zvi Zohar, The Halakhic Ritual of Giyyur and its Symbolic Meaning 9(1) J. Ritual Stud. 1 (1995).
    9. Avi Sagi & Zvi Zohar, Giyyur, Jewish Identity and Modernization: An Analysis of Halakhic Sources, 15(1) Modern Judaism 49 (1995).
    10. La Tradition Sepharade sur la Galout et le Sionisme Politique: La Position Halakhique de R. Yaakov Moshe Toledano, 15 Pardes 169 (1992).
    11. George Fletcher & Zvi Zohar, Dialogue Between a Philosopher and a Talmudist, 2(1) S'vara 48 (1991).
    12. Halakhic Responses of Syrian and Egyptian Rabbinical Authorities to Social and Technological Change, 2 Stud. Contemp. Jewry 18 (1986).
    13. Un Grand Decisionnaire Sepharade Defend les Droits de la Femme (A Great Sephardic Halakhic Respondent Supports Women's Sufferage), 2 Pardes 128 (1985).

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

  1. The Place Of Biblical Sources In Rabbinic Discussions OfConversion To Jewishness (Giyyur) From Rabbinic Times To The Present, in: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, de Gruyter, Berlin, 2010 (accepted for publication).

  2. Zvi Zohar, [lemmas on rabbinic individuals and families]: Ben-Shim`on, David; Ben-Shim`on, Mas`ūd Hayy; Ben-Shim`on, Raphael Aaron; Hakham, Joseph Hayyim b. Elijah al- (Ben Ish Hayy); Hazzan, Elijah Bekhor; Hazzan, Elijah Isaac; Hutsīn Family; Isaac ben Abraham Solomon; Jacob ben Joseph ha-Rofeh; Messas (Meshash), Joseph; Nissim, Isaac; Shindukh Family; Somekh, `Abd Allah; `Uzziel, Ben-Zion Me'ir Hayy, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Brill, Leiden, 2009 (in press).
  3. Sephardic Jurisprudence in the Islamic World, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Brill, Leiden, 2009 (in press).
  4. Commitment to Torah, in Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life 22-31 (Moshe Halbertal & Donniel Hartman eds., Continuum press, London, 2007).
  5. On European Jewish Orthodoxy, Sephardic Tradition and the Shas Movement , in: Eliezer Ben-Rafael (et.al.) (eds.), Jewry Between Tradition and Secularism , Leiden& Boston, Brill, 133-150(2006).
  6. Sephardic Jurisprudence in the Recent Half-Millenium, in Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to the Age of Gold in Modern Times 167 (Zion Zohar ed., 2005).
  7. Religion: Rabbinic Tradition and the Impact of Modernization, in A History of the Jews in the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times (1798-1998) 65 Reeva S. Simon, Michael M. Laskier & Sara Reguer eds., 2003.
  8. Sephardic Halakhic Tradition on Galut and Political Zionism, in From Iberia To Diaspora: Studies in Sephardic History and Culture 223 (Yedida K. Stillman & Norman Stillman eds., 1999).
  9. Avi Sagi & Zvi Zohar, Giyyur, Identite Juive et Modernization, in Le Corps du Texte: pour une anthologie des texts de la tradition juive 293 (Florence Heyman et Danielle Stolper Perez eds., 1997).
  10. Sephardic Religious Thought in Israel: Aspects of the Theology of Rabbi Haim David HaLev, in Critical Studies on Israeli Society, Religion and Government 115 (Walter P. Zenner& Kevin Avruch eds., 1997).
  11. Sephardic Rabbinic Response to Modernity: Some Central Characteristics, in Jews Among Muslims: Communities in the Pre-Colonial Middle East 64 (Shlomo Deshen & Walter P. Zenner eds., 1996).
  12. Traditional Flexibility and Modern Strictness: A Comparative Analysis of the Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Uzziel on Women's Suffrage, in Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries: History and Culture 119 (Harvey Goldberged., 1996).
  13. La Circulationde la Halakha Dansles Espaces et les Temps, in La Societes Juivea Travers L'Histoire (Tome IV) 245 (Shmuel Trigano ed., 1993).
  14. Le Processus de Responsum, in La Societes Juivea Travers L'Histoire (Tome IV) 179 (Shmuel Trigano ed., 1993).
  15. A Rabbi and Maskil in Aleppo: Rabbi Yitzhak Dayyan's 1923 Programmatic Essay on Jewish education, in New Horizons in Sephardic Studies 93 (George Zucker& Yedida K. Stillman eds., 1993).
  16. Between Love and Enmity: Three Traditional Modes of Understanding the Commandment of Tokheha (Rebuke) - and their Socio-Religious Implications, in Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society 105 (Simcha Fishbane et al eds., 1990).
  17. Lowering Barriers of Estrangement: Rabbinite-Karaite Intermarriage in Twentieth Century Egyptian Halakha, in The Jews of Egypt: A Mediterranean Society in Modern Times 143 (Shimshon Shamir ed., 1987).
  18. The Consumption of Sabbatical Year Produce in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature, in Judaism Viewed from Within and from Without: Anthropological Studies 75 (Harvey E. Goldberg ed., 1986).

Work in progress

Accepted For Publication - European Languages

Books
Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East, (accepted for publication by Continuum Press, scheduled for publication in 2012) (12 chapters, app. 110,000 words)

Articles
1. Attitudes of Sephardic Rabbis in Modern Times Towards Non-Jews: A preliminary mapping of positions, in: Yearbook of The Institute of Jewish Studies, Charles University, Prague, (accepted for publication) (19 pages in manuscript)


2. Conversion to Judaism: the place of Biblical sources in rabbinic discussions of conversion to Jewishness (giyyur) from rabbinic times to the present, in: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, de Gruyter, Berlin, (accepted for publication) (7 pages in manuscript)


3. "Halacha", in: Enzyklopaedie juedischer Geschichte und Kultur, 7 vols., edited by Dan Diner; to be published (in German) by J. B. Metzler, Stuttgart (accepted for publication) (21 pages in submitted manuscript)


4. Teleological Decision Making in Halakha: Empirical Examples and General Principles, in: Jewish Law Association Studies (accepted for publication) (31 pages in manuscript).

Accepted For Publication - Hebrew

1. And Art Scroll Created Aleppo in Its Own Image, in: Miriam Frenkel et. al (eds.), Aleppan Jewry (accepted for publication) (22 pages in manuscript).


2. The Halakhic and Ideational World of Rabbi Shaul-Matloub Abadi, in: Yaron Harel et.al. (eds.), Jews of Syria ((accepted for publication) (32 pages in manuscript).


3. "Unity is Life, Divisiveness is Death" - a Study of a Homily by Rabbi Ya'akov Meir (1894), In: Pe'amim (accepted for publication) (18 pages in manuscript).


4. Nationalism and Halakha - a Study in the Writings of Rabbi BenZion Meir Hai Uzziel , in: Yair Sheleg and Yedidya Stern (eds.), Zionism and Halakha (accepted for publication) (19 pages in manuscript).

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EDUCATION:

1989

Ph. D.

Hebrew University.

1982

M.A.

Hebrew University, cum laude.

1978

B.A.

In Philosophy and History, Ben Gurion University, cum laude.

TEACHING FIELDS:

Seminars and courses for graduate students:

History of Jews in 20th century Syria, History of Jews in 20th century Egypt, Jews of Islamic lands and the Issue of National Identity, Halakha and Modernization in Islamic Lands (The Middle East and North Africa), The Social and Cultural History of Oriental Jews in Eretz Israel (from late Ottoman times until 1948), Central Aspects of the History of the Jewish People in Recent Times, Central Aspects of Jewish Political Life in Recent Times, Central Aspects of the Sociology of the Jewish People in Modern Times, Responses of Halakha [="Jewish" Law] to Secularization in Modern Times, Halakha and social Realities.

Courses for undergraduate students:

History and Culture of Jews in Ottoman Egypt (1516-1799), The Jews in Modern Egypt, The Jews in Eretz Israel in the 16th century, The Jews in Eretz Israel in the 17-18th century, Jews of the Middle East in Modern Times, History and Culture of Jerusalem's Sephardic-Rabbinic Elite, (1841-1991), Sephardic Rabbis in the State of Israel, 1948-1973, Halakha and Modernization in the Middle East, Introduction to Jewish Law and Halakha, Sociology of Halakha: Authority, Case Studies in the Sociology of Halakha, Halakhic Responses to Radical Secularization, Conversion and Jewish Identity in Jewish Law.

Academic-level courses in other frameworks:

Source-texts and values: close reading of classic source-texts from the Bible, Talmud and Medieval Scholars (Seminar haKibbutzim).

The Ideational World of the Jewish Religion, from earliest times until now (Hebrew University school for overseas students).

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

2005

Founding Member, Panim: Society for Judaism and Art.

2000- present

Member, Steering Committee, MiMizrah Shemesh: Center for Jewish Public Leadership.

1989- present

Senior Scholar, Advanced Institute of Judaic Research, Shalom Hartman Institute.

1981- 1988

Senior Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute.

1978- 1980

Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERSHIP:

2006-present

Journal of the Study of Sephardic and Mizrachi Jewry.

2000-present

Member, Active Editorial Board, Pe'amim (Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry), Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem.

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

2006

Recipient of The Gaon Prize for Research on North African Jewry.

2005-present

Chauncey Stillman Professor of Sephardic Law and Ethics (Bar-Ilan University).

1982

Recipient of Henry Toledano Prize for Studies in the Culture of North African Jews (for M.A. Thesis).

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS ORGANIZED:

2007

Christians And Muslims In Mediaeval And Contemporary Rabbinical Responsa (International conference in Prague, organized in co-operation with the Institute of Jewish Studies, Charles University, Prague).

2006

International Conference: Russian-speaking Jewry in Global Perspective -- Power, Politics and Community (Bar-Ilan University).

2005

"Contemporary Responses to Intermarriage", International Research Conference Bar-Ilan University.

2004

"The Jews of Egypt in Modern Times", International Conference held at Bar-Ilan University.

2004

"Russian-speaking Jewry in Global Perspective: Assimilation, Integration and Community-building", International Conference held at Bar-Ilan University.

2003

"The Halakhic, Philosophical and Public Legacy of Rabbi Ben Zion Ouziel", Joint conference sponsored by the faculty of Law and the faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University, on the 50th anniversary of his death (1953-2003).

2003

"Rabbis and the Challenge of Assimilation: Historical and Contemporary Approaches", International Conference held at Bar-Ilan University.

2002

"Israeli Assimilation: the Assimilation of non-Jews into Israeli Society and its Influence on the Collective Identity", Bar-Ilan University.

2002

"Sephardic and Oriental Rabbis in Israel 1948-1973", Joint Conference of Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

2000

"Identity and Memory: Achievements and Goals in the Research of Oriental Jewry; an overview at the verge of the 21st century", Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem.

2000

"Rabbi Hayyim David HaLevi: Halakha and Religious Thought", International Conference held at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.

PARTICIPATION IN OTHERS' CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND INVITED LECTURES

2008

Workshop on "Contemporary Jewish Identity and Identification" (Van Leer Institute, 2007/2008).

2007

International Conference "Jewish Religion in Ottoman Lands" (Indiana University).

2007

Jew, Arabs - and the Hyphen In-Between (Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem).

2007

International Conference: Syrian Jewry - a Diaspora Community That Is No More (Bar-Ilan).

2007

The Responsa Literature (Schechter Institute, Jerusalem).

2007

Religion, Law and Modernity in the Middle East, (Faculty of Law, Te lAviv University).

2006

Rabbi Haim Hirschensohn - His Thought and Work. Schechter Institute, Jerusalem.

2006

Halakha and Ideology - The Third International Conference of the Philosophy of Halakha, Van Leer Institute (Jerusalem).

2006

The Community of Aleppo- History and Culture (Ben Zvi Institute and Hebrew University, Jerusalem).

2006

14th International Conference of the Jewish Law Association (at Bar-Ilan University).

2006

The Jews of Lebanon- Identity and Culture (Ben Zvi Institute, Jerusalem).

2006

"The Jews of Moslem Lands", organized by the Navon Program for the Study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry at Florida International University in Miami.

2006

The Thought and creativity of rabbi Khalfon Moshe HaCohen (Jerusalem).

2006

Bridging the Worlds of Islam and Judaism,International conference, Bar-Ilan University.

2005

"Kabbalah, Halakha and Minhag" - an International Conference in Honor of Prof. Moshe Halamish.

2004

"Education, Community and Norms", Van Leer Institute.

2004

International Academic Conference "Text and Culture", Paideia Institute, Stockholm.

2004

"Aleppo: City and Community", Hebrew University and Ben Zvi Institute.

2004

"Yeshivot and Batei Midrash", Zalman Shazar Center, Jerusalem.

2003

"Hebrew and Arabic: Between Language and Culture", Bar-Ilan University.

2002

"Jewish Oriental Women: Multidisciplinary Perspectives", Bar-Ilan University.

2002

Conference on the Philosophy of Halakha, Hebrew University.

2001

International conference Israel-Germany: "Multicultural Societies - Realities and Challenges", Tel Aviv University.

2001

Inaugrational Conference of Paideia - The European Institute for Jewish Studies, Stockholm.

2001

The Second International Conference in Israel: To Be a Jewish Woman, Jerusalem.

JOINT RESEARCH WITH FACULTY IN OTHER INSTITUTES:

With Prof. Nathan Katz of Florida International University, on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Jewish-Indian Commercial Activity in 19th century Malabar.

With Dr. Shalom Ratzabi of Tel Aviv University on Sephardic Rabbis in Israel.

SUPERVISION OF RESEARCH STUDENTS:

Supervised a large number of Ph.D & L.L.M. students.

REFEREE OF ACADEMIC PROJECTS/ARTICLES/BOOKS:

Referee of six Open University study units.

Referee regarding proposed publication of books.

Referee Of Articles.

PUBLIC POSITIONS:

Director, Center for Contemporary Halakha, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.

Member, Ben Zvi Prize Committee, 2008.

Member, Committee for the Publication of the Works of Rabbi Ouziel.

Member, Steering Committee, Research Project on Sources for the History of Jewish Education.

Courses

99-555-01 Halakhic Responses of sephardic- Oriental Rabbis to Modernity

99-556-01 Selected Issues in the Sociology of Halakha

99-583-01 The Sociology of Halakha - The Power of Attorney