Academic research

I earned my MA (magna cum laude, 2007) at the Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University. The MA thesis I wrote, advised by Prof. Moshe Halbertal, is entitled “'If so, there would be no end to the matter' As Halakhic Argument in Rabbinic Texts” (Hebrew; for an English summary see here). This work examined the inclination to limit Halakhic concepts (presumably) entailing endless normative implications.

I am currently a fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, and adjunct lecturer at the JTS. I was formerly a postdoctoral associate at Yale University, advised by Prof. Paul Franks. My PhD diss. was written at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Department of Jewish Thought, on 20th century Jewish thought and classical American Pragmatism. My Adviser was Prof. Avinoam Rosenak, and the committee included Prof. Yemima Ben Menahem, Prof. Jonathan Cohen, and Prof. Joseph Turner. The first fruits of this research project are:

1. “The Rejection of Radical Foundationalism and Skepticism: Pragmatic Belief in God in Eliezer Berkovits’s Thought” [Hebrew], Jewish Thought 1 (2019), pp. 201-246

2. “Pragmatism and Jewish Thought: Eliezer Berkovits᾽s Philosophy of Halakhic Fallibility”, Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 27, no. 1 (2019), pp. 86-135

3. “The Challenge of the ‘Caring’ God: A. J. Heschel’s Theology in Light of Eliezer Berkovits’ Critique” [Hebrew], Zehuyot 8 (2017), pp. 43-60

4. “R. Ḥayyim Hirschensohn’s Beliefs about Death and Immortality as tested by his Halakhic decision making regarding Autopsies” [Hebrew], DAAT 83 (2017), pp. 339-357

5. “Pragmatism: A New name for some Old ways of thinking in Judaism”, review essay [Hebrew] of Brezis, Between Zealotry and Grace, and Hashkes, Rabbinic Discourse as a System of Knowledge, DAAT 82 (2016), pp. 405-417

Two other articles are forthcoming:

6. “Eliezer Schweid: Some Premises of a Pragmatic Jewish Thinker”, forthcoming in The Philosophy of Eliezer Schweid: Jewish Culture and Universal Perspectives, eds. Yehoyada Amir and Joseph Turner (Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press 2020), vol. I, pp. 103-141

7. “Jewish Law, Techno-Ethics, and Autonomous Weapon Systems: Ethical-Halakhic Perspectives” (54 pp.), to be published in Jewish Law Association Studies (JLAS) vol. 28, eds. A. Israel-Vleeschhauwer, E. Ancselovits, and E.N. Dorff

Nine other articles are in various preparation stages, as part of several book projects that I pursue.