Prof. Lorberbaum Yair

Prof. Lorberbaum Yair
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Research interests: 

Jewish Law, Jewish Thought, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law.



1.The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 1: Authority, Yale University Press, New Haven & London 2000

2.Zelem Elohim – Halakhah ve-Aggadah, Schoken: Tel Aviv 2004 [Hebrew]

3.Melekh Evyon, ha-Melukhah ba-Sifrut ha-Yehudit ha-K'lasit, Bar Ilan University Press: Ramat Gan 2008 [Hebrew]

4.Disempowered King, Kingship in Classical Judaism, Continuum: London 2011

5.In God's Image – Myth, Theology and Law in Classical Judaism, Cambridge UP: Cambridge and New York 2015

6.Gezerat Ha-katuv (Decree of Scripture) – Rules and Reasons, Theology and Halakhah, (forthcoming 2016) [Hebrew]

7. Apples of Gold in Silver Settings – Maimonides on Parables, Philosophy and Law [Hebrew, submitted for publication]

Articles (Selection)

  1. "On Murder, capital Punishment and Humans created in the Image of God I Tannaitic Literature," Pelilim 7 (1999): 223-272 [Hebrew]

  2. 'Maimonides on Humans Created in God's Image: Law and Philosophy – Murder, Criminal Procedure, and Capital Punishment,' Tarbiz 68 (1999): 533-556 [Hebrew].

  3. 'Nahmaninides' Kabbalah on Man Created in God's Image', Kabbalah, 5 (2000): 287-326

  4. '"The Seventh Cause" – On Contradictions in The Guide of the Perplexed,' Tarbiz 69 (2000): 237-211 [Hebrew]

  5. 'Dam, Adam, Demut – On Decapitation in Talmudic Literature,' Mehkerey Mishpat 15 (2000): 429-456 [Hebrew]

  6. 'Humans created in the Image of God and the Commandment to Procreate: Talmudic Literature and Maimonides,' 'Iyuney Mishpat 26 (2001): 695-754 [Hebrew]

  7. ‘The Place of the Priest' in: The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. I: Authority. Yale Up 2000, pp. 177-181.

  8. ‘Imago Dei im Judentum: Fruh-Rabbinische Literatur, Philosophie und  Kabbala. Die Lehre von Gott, vom Menschen und vom Anfang im talmudischen and kabbalistischen Judentum', Gottesbegriff, Weltursprung und Menschenbild in den Weltreligionen, Herausgegeben von Peter Koslowski, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munchen 2000, pp. 67-87.

  9. ‘Blood and the Image of God: Sanctity of Life in Biblical and Early Rabbinic Law, Myth and Ritual’, D. Kretzmer & E. Klein (eds.), Human Dignity, The Hague: Kluwer Law International 2002.

  10. ‘La Imago Dei dins la mistica de Nahmanides’, La Cultura Del Llibre: Herencia de Passat, Vivencia de Futur, Acres Del Congres Internacional "Cultura Sefaradita Al Mediterrani”, Girona 26-28 de Marc de 1998, Girona 1999, pp. 53-101.

  11. ‘On Contradictions, Rationality, Dialectics and Esoterism in Maimonides’s Guide of the Perplexed’, The Review of Metaphysics 55 (June 2002): 95-134.

  12. (with H. Shapira) 'Maimonides Epistle on Martyrdom in Light of Legal Philosophy', Dine Yisrael Vol. 25 (2008), pp. 159-187

  13. "Maimonides on Parables," Tarbiz 71 (2002): 84-132 [Hebrew]

  14. "From the Temple to Humanity – Transformation in the foci of Holiness in Early Rabbinic Literature," Eretz Yisrael and the Holly Place in Rabbinic Literature, Alon Goshen-Gotstein (ed.) (forthcoming 2016), pp, 37-69.

  15. "Reflections on the Halakhic Status of Aggada'," Dine Yisrael Vol. 24 (2007), pp. 48-84

  16. "Allegory, Metaphor and Symbol in The Guide of the Perplexed," Studia Judaica Vol. XVI (2008)

  17. "Anthropomorphism in Early Rabbinic Literature: Maimonides and Modern Scholarship," Traditions of Maimonideanism, edited by Carlos Fraenkel, Brill Academic Publishers: Leiden 2009, pp. 313-349.

  18. 'Transformation in Maimonides' Approach to Aggadah,' Tarbiz 68(1) (2009) 81-122 [Hebrew]

  19. 'Rainbow in the Cloud – An Anger management Device, The Journal of Religion 89 (2009), pp. 87-132

  20. 'Criticism of Aggadah in The Guide of the Perplexed,' Tarbiz 68 (2009): 202-230 [Hebrew]

  21. (With Alon Harel) "Reflections on Law and Culture," Mishpatim 40 (2011) [Hebrew)

  22. "'Was the Rainbow Seen in his Days?" On God's Personality in Early Rabbinic Literature,' Reshit 2 (2010) 2-22 [Hebrew]

  23. "Maimonides on Aggadah, Halakhah and Divine Law,' Dinei Yisrael 27 (2010): 234-298 [Hebrew]

  24.  "Human Dignity - The Jewish Tradition," Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity (Editors: Marcus Duwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, and Dietmar Mieth) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming 2013)

  25.  "Capital Punishment in Talmudic Literature: Diminishing the Divine Image," in:  M. Walzer et. al. (eds.), The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 3 (Yale University Press: New Haven, forthcoming 2015)

  26. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv – Part II: Decree of Scripture in the Jurisprudential Sense in Maimonides' Code," forthcoming in: Dine Yisrael 29 (2012)

  27. 'Realism Hilkhati (Halakhic Realism),' Shenaton Ha-Mishpat Ha-I'vri 27 (2012), pp. 61-130 [Hebrew].

  28. 'Yitshak and God's Separation Anxiety,' Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 21 (2013): 105-142

  29. "Two Concepts of Gezerat ha-Katuv – Part III: Decree of Scripture in the Theological Sense in Maimonides' Code," forthcoming in: Dine Yisrael 31 (2016).

  30. "Halakhic Realism – Conceptual, Phenomenological and Methodological Remarks," Nomonalism and Realism in Halakhah Revisited: Studies in the Philosophy of Halakhah – Yohanan Silman Memorial Vol.(Dinei Israel, Vol. 30 [2015]), pp. 9-78

  31. "Maimonides on the Institution of Law and Legal Formalism," Mehkerei Mishpat 29 (2013), pp. 351-390.

  32. "Transformations in Maimonides' Conception of Philosophical Parables," Zeev Harvey Jubilee Volume (forthcoming 2016). pp. 110-137  [Hebrew]

  33. Gezerat Melekh (Decree of King) and Gezerat Ha-Katuv (Decree of Scripture) in Talmudic Literature,' Tarbiz 82 (2014) 5-42 [Hebrew]

  34. "'What Would Please Them Most is that the Intellect Would Not Find a Meaning for the Commandments and the Prohibitions,' – On Transcending the Rationales of the Commandments: A Close Reading of The Guide of the Perplexed III 31," Da'at 77 (2014), 15-50 [Hebrew].

  35. "On the (Rawlsian) Distinction between the Just and the Good, and on the Difference Between the Court and the Legislator - Comments on Alon Harel's…," Iyunei Mishpat 37 (2015): 281-288

Lectures and Conferences (selection)               

1993-2016       At the Universities: Penn, Chicago, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, GTU-Berkeley, Harvard-NELC, Harvard Law School, Cardozo School of Law, Humboldt University (Berlin), University College (London), Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Ben Gurion University, Mcgill University Montreal, NYU Law School, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Yale Law School – Workshop in Legal Theory, Columbia University, Religion Department, Heidelberg University, Germany

Work in progress

Books in preparation

  1. Jealous and Containing God –  On Gods Personality in the Pentateuch
  2. Jewish Law and Legal Theory
  3. The Rise of Halakhic Religiosity of Mystery and Transcendence in the Jewish Tradition

Books Edited

  1. Nahmanides, A Collection of Essays (with M. Idel)
  2. Reshit, Vols. 1-2 (2008-2010)
  3. Nominalism and Realism in Halakhah Revisited: Studies in the Philosophy of Halakhah – Yohanan Silman Memorial Vol.  (with J. Rubenstein) (=Dinei Israel, Vol. 30 [2015])



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1976-1981       Yeshiva Hesder Program, Har-Ezion, Alon Shevut

1986                BA Department of Philosophy & Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

1987                B.L.L. Law, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

1991                MA cum laude, Department of Jewish Philosophy and Philosophy, Hebrew

                        University, Jerusalem

1997                Ph.D. summa cum laude, Hebrew University, Jerusalem



1996-present   Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University Israel

2015 (Spring)  Harry Starr Fellow, CJS - Harvard University

2014-2015 (Fall) Meyer Professor, Cardozo School of Law, YU

2013 (Fall)       Senior Fellow, Schell Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School

2013 (Spring)  Meyer Professor, Cardozo School of Law, YU

2010-2011       Visiting Professor, NYU Law School

2010-2011       Tikvah Fellow, The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization,
New York University School of Law

1993-2013       Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem

2007-2011       Scholar in residence, Cardozo School of law YU, New York

2008                Chair for Jewish Law – Law Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin

2005-2006       Gruss Professor for Talmudic Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

2001                Visiting Professor, Cardozo Law School, New York

1999-2006       Lecturer (political theory and Jewish thought), Mandel School, Jerusalem

1999                Visiting Professor, Religion Department, Yale University

1993-1996       School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA.

1994-1995       Visiting Professor, Religion Department, Princeton University.

1990-1993       Teaching Assistant, Department of Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University

1992-1993       Teaching Assistant, Subjects: Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Law

1982-1989       Teacher, ‘Pelech’, High School, Jerusalem. Subjects: Talmud, Philosophy.


2013    The Tiger prize for the best article in Jewish Law

2007    The Goldstein-Goren Prize for the best book in Jewish Thought for the years 2004-2007

2001    Florence Unger and Samuel Goldstein M.D. Prize for Extraordinary Publication in Philosophy

1998    E. E. Urbach Prize for the best Dissertation in Judaic Studies (igud 'olami le-madaei ha-yahadut and The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture)

1998    Alon Fellow (1998-2001)

1996    Riklis Prize, Faculty of Law, Bar Ilan University

   1995 Abraham Katz Prize for Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University


תורת המשפט והפילוסופיה של המשפט, תיאוריה פוליטית, תולדות ההלכה והתיאוריה של ההלכה, הרמב"ם: פילוסופיה והולכה.