Prof. Zohar Zvi

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Prof. Zohar Zvi
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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

  Books (as author)

  1. Z. Zohar, Tradition and Change – Halakhic Responses of Middle Eastern Rabbis to Legal and Technological Change, Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute, 1993 (Hebrew).
  2. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, Conversion to Judaism and the Meaning of Jewish Identity, Jerusalem: Bialik Institute and Shalom Hartman Institute, 1994 (Hebrew).
  3. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, Circles of Jewish Identity – A Study in Halakhic Literature, Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2000 (Hebrew).
  4. Z. Zohar, The Luminous Face of the East – Studies in the Legal and Religious Thought of Sephardic Rabbis of the Middle East, Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001 (Hebrew).
  5. Z. Zohar, A Social Drama in Aleppo (a study in the social dynamics of a Jewish community in Syria during the French Mandate), Jerusalem: Dinur Center – Hebrew University, 2002 (Hebrew).
  6. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, Transforming Identity, London: Continuum Press, 2007.
  7. Z. Zohar, Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East, London and New York:      Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013
     

Books (as editor)

  1. Z. Zohar, M. Ben Sasson, W.Z. Harvey and Y. Ben Naeh (eds.) Studies in a Rabbinic Family: The De Botons, Jerusalem: Misgav Yerushalayim -- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1998.
  2. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, Renewing Jewish Commitment – The Work and Thought of David Hartman, Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Shalom Hartman Institute, Two Volumes, 2001 (Hebrew).
  3. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, Studies in the Halakhic and Religious Thought of Rabbi Hayyim David Halevi (chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, 1924-1998), Jerusalem and Ramat Gan: Shalom Hartman Institute and Bar Ilan University Press, 2007 (Hebrew).
  4. Z. Zohar, Rabbi Uzziel and his Contemporaries: Law, Leadership and Values, Jerusalem: HaRav Uzziel Press and the Institute for Research on Zionism of Tel Aviv University, 2009 (Hebrew).
  5. Z. Zohar & Bernard Cooperman, Jews And Muslims In The Islamic World, Bethesda: Maryland University Press, 2013.

Articles and Chapters in Books

  1. Z. Zohar, ‘On the Relation Between Natural Language and the Language of Halakha’, in Rabbi S. Israeli, Rabbi Prof. N. Lamm, Dr. I. Raphael (eds.), Rabbi J.B.Soloveichik Jubilee Volume, Vol. 1, Jerusalem and New York: Mossad HaRav Kook & Ktav, 1984, pp. 59-71 (Hebrew).
  2. Z. Zohar, ‘The Consumption of Sabbatical Year Produce in Biblical and Rabbinic Literature’, in: Harvey E. Goldberg (ed.), Judaism Viewed from Within and from Without: Anthropological Studies, Albany: SUNY Press, 1986, pp. 75-106.
  3. Z. Zohar, ‘Halakhic Decision-Making in an Era of Change’, in Shlomo Deshen (ed.), Half the Nation, Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press, 1986, pp. 21-51 (Hebrew).
  4. Z. Zohar, ‘Lowering Barriers of Estrangement: Rabbinite-Karaite Intermarriage in Twentieth Century Egyptian Halakha’, in Shimon Shamir (ed.), The Jews of Egypt: A Mediterranean Society in Modern Times, Boulder and London: Westview Press, 1987, pp. 143-168 (English version of #3 [in periodicals] below).
  5. Z. Zohar, ‘The Alliance Israelite Universelle: Regarding its Character as a Missionary Society, and its Non-Uniform Impact on its Target Communities’, in S. Schwarzfuchs (ed.), The "Alliance" in the Communities of the Mediterranean Basin during the late 19th Century and its Socio-Cultural Impact, Jerusalem: Hebrew University, 1987, pp. 31-35 (Hebrew).
  6. Z. Zohar, ‘Halakha and Modernization in Egypt, 1882-1918’, in: Jacob M. Landau (ed.), The Jews in Ottoman Egypt, 1517-1914, Jerusalem: Hebrew University, 1988, pp. 577-608 (Hebrew).
  7. Z. Zohar, ‘Between Love and Enmity: Three Traditional Modes of Understanding the Commandment of Tokheha (Rebuke) – and their Socio-Religious Implications’, in: S. Fishbane and Jack N. Lightstone (eds.), Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society, Montreal: Concordia University, 1990, pp. 105-121.
  8. Z. Zohar, ‘A Rabbi and Maskil in Aleppo: Rabbi Yitzhak Dayyan’s 1923 Programmatic Essay on Jewish education’, in George Zucker and Yedida K. Stillman (eds.), New Horizons in Sephardic Studies, Albany: SUNY Press, 1993, pp. 93-107.
  9. Z. Zohar, ‘Le processus de responsum’, in Shmuel Trigano (ed.), La Societes Juive a Travers L’Histoire, Tome IV, Paris: Fayard Press, 1993, pp. 179-199.
  10. Z. Zohar, ‘La circulation de la Halakha dans les espaces et les temps’ in: Shmuel Trigano (ed.), La Societes Juive a Travers L’Histoire, Tome IV, Paris: Fayard Press, 1993, pp. 245-290.
  11. Z. Zohar, ‘Traditional Flexibility and Modern Strictness: A Comparative Analysis of the Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Uzziel on Women’s Suffrage’, in Harvey Goldberg (ed.), Sephardi and Middle Eastern Jewries: History and Culture, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996, pp.119-133.
  12. Z. Zohar, ‘Sephardic Rabbinic Response to Modernity: Some Central Characteristics’, in S. Deshen and W.P. Zenner (eds.), Jews Among Muslims: Communities in the Pre-Colonial Middle East, London: Macmillan and New York University Press, 1996, pp. 64-80.
  13. Z. Zohar, ‘Sephardic Religious Thought in Israel: Aspects of the Theology of Rabbi Haim David HaLevi’, in Walter Zenner and Kevin Avruch (eds.), Critical Studies on Israeli Society, Religion and Government, IV, Albany: SUNY press, 1997, pp. 115-136.
  14. Z. Zohar, ‘The Independence of the Contemporary Posek (=halakhic decisor) with regard to Halakhic Precedent’, in Ze’ev Safrai and Avi Sagi (eds.), Between Authority and Autonomy in Jewish Tradition, Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1997, pp. 304-320 (Hebrew).
  15. Z. Zohar, ‘Giyyur, identité juive et modernisation’, in: Florence Heyman et Danielle Stolper Perez (eds.), Le Corps du Texte: pour une anthologie des texts de la tradition juive, Paris: CNRS, 1997, pp. 293-318. [French version of #11 in periodicals, below]
  16. Z. Zohar, ‘The Responsibility of the Knesset for the Molding of Halakha’, in Menahem Mautner, Avi Sagi and Ronen Shamir (eds.), Multiculturalism in a Democratic Jewish State: Memorial volume for Prof. Ariel Rosen-Zvi, Tel-Aviv: Ramot – Tel Aviv University, 1998, pp. 301-339 (Hebrew).
  17. Z. Zohar, ‘The Meaning of Life in the Holy Land in the Writings of Indigenous Sephardic rabbis, 1777-1849’, in Avi Ravitsky (ed.), The Land of Israel in Modern Jewish Thought, Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute, 1998, pp. 326-358 (Hebrew).
  18. Z. Zohar, ‘Sephardic Halakhic Tradition on Galut and Political Zionism’, in Yedida K. Stillman and Norman Stillman (eds.), From Iberia To Diaspora: Studies in Sephardic History and Culture, Leiden: Brill, 1999, pp. 223-234.
  19. Z. Zohar, ‘On the Basis of Complete Torah Judaism: Rabbi Ammiel’s Polemic against Haskalah, Secularism, Nationalism, Mizrahi and Agudah’, in Nahem Ilan (ed.), A Good Eye: Dialogue and Polemic in Jewish Culture, Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1999, pp. 313-348 (Hebrew).
  20. Z. Zohar, ‘Universal Political Ideals and Religious Zionism: Aspects of the Thought of Rabbi Haim David HaLevi’, in Avi Sagi, David Schwartz and Yedidya Stern (eds.), Judaism – a Dialogue Between Cultures, Jerusalem: Magnes, 1999, pp. 111-123 (Hebrew).
  21. Z. Zohar, ‘The Vision of Ovadiah – "Restoring the Crown to Its Ancient Glory": Central Aspects of the Halakhic World-View of Rabbi Ovadiah Joseph’, in Yoav Peled (ed.), SHAS – The Challenge of Israeliness, Tel Aviv: Miskal – Yedioth Aharonoth books, 2001, pp. 159-209 (Hebrew).
  22. Z. Zohar, ‘David Hartman, Maimonides, and Sephardic-Oriental Rabbis in Modern Times: A Comparative Analysis’, in Zvi Zohar and Avi Sagi (eds.), Renewing Jewish Commitment – The Work and Thought of David Hartman, Jerusalem: Hakibbutz Hameuchad and the Shalom Hartman Institute, 2001, pp. 607-627 (Hebrew).
  23. Z. Zohar, ‘Zionism and the State of Israel as Viewed by Leading Sephardic-Oriental rabbis (1948-1967)’, in M. Bar-On and Zvi Zameret (eds.), On Both Sides of the Bridge: Religion and State in the Early Years of Israel, Jerusalem: Yad Izhak Ben Zvi Press, 2002, pp. 320-349 (Hebrew).
  24. Z. Zohar, ‘Religion: Rabbinic Tradition and the Impact of Modernization’, in Reeva S.Simon, Michael M. Laskier and Sara Reguer (eds.), The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times, New York: Columbia University Press, 2003, pp. 65-84.
  25. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, ‘The Ritual of Giyyur and its Symbolic Meaning’, in Neri Horowitz (ed.), Religion and Nationalism in Israel and the Middle East, Tel Aviv: Am Oved and Rabin Center, 2003, pp. 343-357 (Hebrew), ) . [revised Hebrew version of #12 in periodicals, below]
  26. Z. Zohar, ‘Exile and Political Zionism from a Sephardic Perspective: analysis of a Responsum by Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Toledano’, in: Avi Sagi and Dov Schwartz (eds.), 100 Years of Religious Zionism, vol. 1, Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press, 2003, pp. 179-187 (Hebrew), [version of #18 above].
  27. Z. Zohar, ‘Accepting a Convert Who Will Not Lead a Religious Life: the Halakhic Position of Rabbi Moshe haCohen Dreihem’, in R. Hurwitz et.al.(eds.), Studies in Memory of Professor Ze’ev Falk, Jerusalem: Meisharim and Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 2005, pp. 333- 353 (Hebrew).
  28. Z. Zohar, ‘Sephardic Rabbinic Response to Transformations in the Social Life of Egyptian Jews (c.1882-1914)’, in A. Rosner Blay (ed.), Eshkolot; Essays in Memory of Rabbi Ronald Lubofsky, Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers, 2002, pp. 236-269.
  29. Z. Zohar, ‘Halakha as a Non-Fundamentalist Religious Language: Rabbi Joseph Mesas and the Ritual Slaughterers of Tlemcen’, in Nahem Ilan and Avi Sagi (eds.), Jewish Culture in the Eye of the Storm, Tel Aviv and Ein Tzurim: Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Yaakov Herzog Center, 2002, pp. 569-591 (Hebrew).
  30. Z. Zohar, ‘Sephardic Jurisprudence in the Recent Half-Millenium’, in Zion Zohar (ed.), Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry: From the Golden Age of Spain to Modern Times, New York: New York University Press, 2005, pp. 167-195.
  31. Z. Zohar, ‘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, 2006, pp. 133-150.
  32. Z. Zohar, ‘Three "Ideal Types" ‘, in Aviezer Ravitzky (ed.), Shas: Cultural and Ideological Perspectives, Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 2006, pp. 152-164 (Hebrew).
  33. Z. Zohar, ‘Tradition and Legal Change’, in Moshe Halbertal & Donniel Hartman (eds.) Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life, London: Continuum Press, 2007, pp. 22-31.
  34. Z. Zohar, ‘The Scholars of the Yeshiva as a Collective Persona in Middle-East Communities from the End of the 16th Century to the 20th Century’, in Immanuel Etkes (ed.), Yeshivot and Battei Midrash, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center and The Ben-Zion Dinur Center, 2006, pp. 109-129 (Hebrew).
  35. Z. Zohar, ‘Universalist, Religious-Zionist and Israeli: Rabbi Hayyim David HaLevi’s Views on Giyyur’, in A. Sagi and Z. Zohar (eds.), Studies In The Halakhic And Religious Thought Of Rabbi Hayyim David Halevi (chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, 1924-1998), Jerusalem and Ramat Gan: Shalom Hartman Institute and Bar Ilan University Press, 2007, pp. 175-204 (Hebrew).
  36. Z. Zohar, ‘Halakhic Responses to Modernization and Secularization’, in Yirmyahu Yovel and Yair Tsaban (eds.), Jewish Culture in the Era of Modernization and Secularization, Jerusalem: Keter, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 176-186 (Hebrew).
  37. Z. Zohar, ‘A Study Of Empirical Cases Of Teleological Halakhic Decisions And Their Significance’, in A. Ravitzky and A. Rozenak (eds.), New Streams in Philosophy of Halakha, Jerusalem: Magnes, 2008, pp. 477-504 (Hebrew version of #11 in periodicals, below).
  38. Z. Zohar, ‘An Awesome Event in the City of Damascus’, in S. Fisher and A. Seligman (eds.), The Burden of Tolerance: Religious Traditions and the Challenge of Pluralism, Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Van Leer, 2007, pp. 302-329 (Hebrew version of #8 in periodicals, below).
  39. Z. Zohar, ‘Rabbi Amram Aburabia and his Opus Netivei Am’, in Zvi Zohar (ed.), Rabbi Uzziel and his Contemporaries: Law, Leadership and Values, Jerusalem: HaRav Uzziel Press and the Institute for Research on Zionism of Tel Aviv University, 2009, pp. 120-165 (Hebrew).
  40. Z. Zohar, ‘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 (Hebrew).
  41. Z. Zohar, ‘And Art Scroll Created Aleppo in Its Own Image’, in Yom Tov Assis, Miriam Frenkel & Yaron Harel (eds.), Aleppo Studies, 2, Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute and Hebrew University, 2013, pp. 222-250 (Hebrew).
  42. Z. Zohar, ‘Caring for an Intermarried Jew by Converting His Partner: Rabbi Uzziel’s Earliest Responsum on Giyur (Salonica, c. 1922)’, in Michael A. Meyer and David N. Myers (eds.), Between Jewish Tradition and Modernity, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014, pp. 17-34.
     

Articles in periodicals 

  1. Z. Zohar, ‘The Halakhic Teachings of Modern Egyptian Rabbis’, Pe’amim, 16 (1983), pp. 65-88 (Hebrew)
  2. Zvi Zohar, ‘Halakhic Responses of Syrian and Egyptian Rabbinical Authorities to Social and Technological Change’, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, 2 (1986), pp. 18-51.
  3. Z. Zohar, ‘Between Alienation and Brotherhood: Karaite-Rabbinite Intermarriage according to Egyptian Jewish Scholars in the Twentieth Century, Pe’amim, 32 (1987), pp. 21-39 (Hebrew version of #4 [in books] above).
  4. Z. Zohar, ‘A Rejoinder to Eliav Shochetman’, Pe’amim, 34 (1988), pp. 47-50 (Hebrew).
  5. Z. Zohar, ‘New Horizons: A Major 19th Century Baghdadi Posek’s Hightened Awareness of Socio-Cultural Variety and Change’, Pe’amim, 36 (1988), pp. 89-107 (Hebrew).
  6. Z. Zohar, ‘ "Seder Ha’Avodah" of The Atonement Day Service: Form, Function and Meaning’, AJS Review, XIV (1989), pp. 1-28 (Hebrew).
  7. Z. Zohar, ‘Jewish Communities in Syria 1880-1918: Demography, Economics and Communal Institutions in the Late Ottoman Period’, Pe’amim, 44 (1990), pp. 80-109 (Hebrew).
  8. Z. Zohar & George Fletcher, ‘Dialogue Between a Philosopher and a Talmudist’, S’vara, 2:1 (1991), pp. 48-51.
  9. Z. Zohar, ‘Activist Conservatives: The Socio-Religious Policy of Aleppo’s Rabbis (c.1865-1945)’, Pe’amim, 55 (1993), pp.57-78 (Hebrew).
  10. Z. Zohar, ‘ "Miqveh Yisrael HaShem": the rationale and the significance of the Atonement service’, AJS Review, XIX:2 (1994), pp. 1-23 (Hebrew).
  11. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, ‘Giyyur, Jewish Identity and Modernization: An Analysis of Halakhic Sources’, Modern Judaism, 15:1 (1995), pp. 49-68.
  12. Z. Zohar & Avi Sagi, ‘The Halakhic Ritual of Giyyur and its Symbolic Meaning’, Journal of Ritual Studies, 9:1 (1995), pp. 1-13.
  13. Z. Zohar, ‘Reflections and Insights regarding the Immigration of Syrian Jews to Palestine in the 1940’s’, Pe’amim, 66 (1996), pp. 43-69 (Hebrew).
  14. Z. Zohar, ‘ "Any Woman Who Engages in Torah Study Attains Many Merits" – the Attitude of Rabbi Joseph Mesas to Torah Study by Women’, Pe’amim, 82 (2000), pp. 150-162 (Hebrew).
  15. Z. Zohar, ‘The Halakhic Writings of the Rabbinic Scholars of Iraq in Modern Times’, Pe’amim, 86-87 (2001), pp. 4-50 (Hebrew).
  16. Z. Zohar, ‘The Halakhic and Religious Writings of the Rabbinic Scholars of Egypt in Modern Times’, Pe’amim, 86-87 (2001), pp. 175-213 (Hebrew).
  17. Z. Zohar, ‘Halakha, Suicide and Social Policy’, Hagar: International Social Science Review, 3:1 (2002), pp. 85-102.
  18. Z. Zohar, ‘Religious Affirmation of Zionism as a National Liberation Movement: Aspects of the Thought of Rabbi Khalfon Moshe HaCohen of Jerba’, Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel – History, Culture and Society, 2:1 (2002), pp. 107-126 (Hebrew).
  19. Z. Zohar, ‘A “Hebrew” Intellectual in Modern Aleppo: The Thought of Rabbi Yitzhak Dayyan as Reflected in his article “The Torah of Israel and the People of Israel" ’, Shorashim BaMizrah, 5 (2002), pp. 97-111 (Hebrew).
  20. 2. Z. Zohar ‘Maimonides as Inspiration and Guide for Sephardic Halakhic Leadership in Modern Times (With Special Reference to the Case of Giyyur)’, The Journal for the Study of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewry, 2 (2007), pp. 102-115.
  21. 3. Z. Zohar, ‘Non-Ashkenazic Jewry as the Ground of Contemporary Israeli Multi-Culturalism’, Revista de Historia Actual, 5 (2007), pp. 137-148.
  22. 4. Z. Zohar, ‘The Education of Jews in Syria: From the Middle of the Nineteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twenty First’, Pe’amim, 109 (2006), pp. 5-32 (Hebrew).
  23. Z. Zohar, ‘The Sephardic Halakhic Tradition in the 20th century’, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, 22 (2008), pp. 119-149.
  24. Z. Zohar, ‘The Rabbi and the Sheikh’, Jewish Studies Quarterly, 17 (2010), pp. 114-145.
  25. Z. Zohar & Nathan Katz, ‘The Ethics of the Pepper Marts of Malabar in the mid-19th Century: A Sephardic View’, Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, 11 (2010), pp. 121-144.
  26. Z. Zohar, ‘The 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 (a special triple issue of Pe’amim), Pe’amim, 125-127 (2011), pp. 177-205 (Hebrew).
  27. Z. Zohar, ‘Teleological Decision Making in Halakha: Empirical Examples and General Principles’, Jewish Law Association Studies, XXII (2012), pp. 331-362.
  28. Z. Zohar, ‘ "Et vous aimerez l’ètranger" -- Le Guèr, une catégorie ambivalente’, Pardes, 52 (2013), pp. 145-183.
  29. Z. Zohar, ‘ “Unity is Life, Divisiveness is Death” — a Study of a Homily by Rabbi Ya’akov Meir (1894)’, Pe’amim 142-143 (2015), pp. 43-70 (Hebrew).

Reviews of Books in periodicals

  1. Z. Zohar, ‘[Review of] Esther Benbassa: Un Grand Rabbin Sepharade en Politique, 1892-1923, Paris: CNRS, 1990)’, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, IX (1993), pp. 240-242.     
  2. Z. Zohar, ‘[Review of] Walter E. Weiker, Ottomans, Turks and the Jewish Polity: A History of the Jews of Turkey, Lanham, New York and London: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and University Press of America, 1992’, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, XI (1995), pp. 294-295.
  3. Z. Zohar, ‘[Review of] Yehuda Don, Ernest Krauesz and Tikva Lecker-Darwish, Iraqi Jews in Israel: Social and Economic Integration, Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press, 1991’, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, XI (1995), pp. 333-335.      
  4. Z. Zohar, ‘The Rabbis of Algeria’ [Review of: Yossef Charvit, Elite Rabbinique d’Algerie et Modernization, 1750-1914, Jerusalem 5755/1995, 223 pp)], Pe’amim, 67 (1996), pp. 142-144 (Hebrew).
  5. Z. Zohar, ‘A Lithuanian Conservative Halakhic Decisor’ [Review of: David Gulinkin (ed.), Responsa of Professor Louis Ginzberg, New York and Jerusalem, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1996), Tarbiz, 68:2 (1999), pp. 303-308 (Hebrew).
  6. Z. Zohar, ‘David Golinkin, The Status of Women in Jewish Law [review article]’, Nashim, 7 (2004), pp. 240-246.
  7. Z. Zohar, ‘Yaron Harel, “By Ships of Fire to the West” [review article]’, Zion, 70:3 (2005), pp. 417-423 (Hebrew).

 

Articles in Other Journals


 1. Z. Zohar, ‘Orthodoxy is Not the Only Authentic Halakhic Response to Modernity: Sephardic and  Ashkenazic Religious-Halakhic Culture are Different’, Akdamot, 10 (2001), pp. 139-151 (Hebrew).


 Articles in Encyclopedias

  1.  Z. Zohar, ‘Sephardic Jurisprudence in the Islamic World’, in Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Leiden: Brill, 2010, vol. 4, pp. 291-306. (revised version of #3 in articles in books, above)
  2. Z. 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, Leiden: Brill, 2010.
  3. Z. Zohar, ‘Halacha’, in Dan Diner (ed.), Enzyklopaedie juedischer Geschichte und Kultur, vol. 2, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 2012, pp. 507-518.
     

ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION

Chapters in Books (accepted)

1. Z. Zohar, ‘The Halakhic and Ideational World of Rabbi Shaul-Matloub Abadi’, in Yaron Harel (ed.), The Jews of Syria – History, Identity and Heritage, Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University Press (accepted, 32 pages) (Hebrew).

2. Z. Zohar, ‘Nationalism and Halakha – a Study in the Writings of Rabbi BenZion Meir Hai Uzziel’, in Yair Sheleg and Yedidya Stern (eds.), Zionism and Halakha, Jerusalem: IDI (accepted, 19 pages) (Hebrew).

3. Z. Zohar, ‘The Future Jewish Polity – Vision and Planning (a study of the thought of rabbi Moshe Khalfon haCohen)’, in M. Bar-Asher, E. Westreich, S. Sharvit (eds.), Studies Presented to Professor Moshe Amar, Jerusalem: The Bialik Institute, (accepted, 26 pages) (Hebrew).

 Articles in Periodicals (accepted)
 

1. Z. Zohar, ‘Women Heroines of Torah Study’, Nashim, 29 (forthcoming Fall 2015, 18 pages).   (rewritten, updated and revised article based on #14 [periodicals] for previous rank)

2. Z. Zohar, ‘Conversion as a Remedy for Intermarriage – the Development of Halakhic Argumentation in 19th century Sephardic Responsa’, Dinei Israel (accepted, 45 pages) (Hebrew).


3. Z. Zohar, 'She Opened Her Mouth With Wisdom', Zehuyot (accepted, 25 pages) (Hebrew)


4. Z. Zohar, 'Should non-Jews be Regarded as Equal? – a spectrum of 20th century rabbinic views', Journal of Law, Religion and State (accepted, 27 pages)


 Articles in Encyclopedias (accepted)    

1. Z. Zohar, ‘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, Berlin: de Gruyter (accepted, 7 pages).

2. Z. Zohar, ‘Responsa (1750-1950)’, in Enzyklopaedie juedischer Geschichte und Kultur, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler (accepted, 14 pages).


 Articles in Other Journals


1. Z. Zohar, ‘Halakhic Positions Permitting Pre-Marital Sexual Intimacy’, Akdamot, 17 (2006), pp. 11-31 (Hebrew).

2. Z. Zohar, ‘A Reply to the Respondents’, Akdamot, 17 (2006), pp. 77-82 (Hebrew).

 

Work in progress

Accepted For Publication - European Languages

Books
 

Articles

1. 'Women Heroines of Torah Study' accepted for publication in: Nashim 29 (scheduled for publication in Fall 2015).

2. 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)
3. 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)

4.  'Responsa (1750-1950)', in: Enzyklopaedie juedischer Geschichte und Kultur,  J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart (14 pages in manuscript)


Accepted For Publication - Hebrew

  1. 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).
  2. "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).
  3. 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:

1971- 1974    - Student, 'Merkaz HaRav' Advanced Yeshiva, Jerusalem

1978               - B.A. in Philosophy and History, Ben Gurion University, cum laude

1978- 1983    - Advanced Judaic studies, Shalom Hartman Institute

1982              - M.A. from Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University, cum laude, Advisor: Prof.

M. Abitbol, M.A. Title: Halakha and Modernization (Egypt, 1882-1922)

1983- 1988 -    Ph.D. studies, Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University. Thesis Advisors: Prof.

M. Abitbol & Prof. D.Hartman                     

1989                Ph. D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem

                        Ph.D.  Title: Halakhic Responses of Syrian and Egyptian Rabbis

                                   to Legal and Technological Change

 

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

 

Zvi Zohar is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Sephardic Law and Ethics at Bar Ilan University. He teaches at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Jewish Studies, and between 2001 and 2011 headed the University’s Rappaport Center for Assimilation Research and the Strengthening of Jewish Vitality. Zvi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies in Jerusalem, where he heads the Alan A. and Loraine Fischer Family Center for Contemporary Halakha. He was also a founding faculty member of Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.

Courses

99-551-01 גיור כהלכה

99-555-01 ההתמודדות ההלכתית של חכמי ישראל בארצות האסלאם עם המודרנה

99-556-01 הסוציולוגיה של ההלכה - סוגיות נבחרות

99-583-01 הסוציולוגיה של ההלכה - סוגיית הסמכות