Academic publications

I earned my MA (magna cum laude, 2007) at the Department of Jewish Thought, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The MA thesis I wrote, advised by Prof. Moshe Halbertal, was 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 which (presumably) entail endless normative implications.

This year (2020-2021) I will be a visiting scholar at the ​Institute for Research in Jewish Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (hosted by Dr. Benny Porat), and adjunct lecturer at the Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2019-2020 I was a fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, and adjunct lecturer at the JTS. I formerly had a two year postdoc at Yale University, advised by Prof. Paul Franks. My PhD diss. (approved Sept. 2018) was advised by Prof. Avinoam Rosenak and was written at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Department of Jewish Thought, on 20th century Jewish thought and classical American Pragmatism. The fruits of this research project include the following:

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

6. “Eliezer Schweid: Some Premises of a Pragmatic Jewish Thinker”, 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

Other articles are in preparation and under review. I have a research project on Jewish thought and the pragmatist challenge of techno-ethics, which includes the following forthcoming article: “Jewish Law, Techno-Ethics, and Autonomous Weapon Systems: Ethical-Halakhic Perspectives”, Jewish Law Association Studies 29 (2020), pp. 91-130