Simon & Ethel Flegg postdoctoral fellow
Areas of Interest
Rabbinic Judaism, Hebrew Bible, Early Biblical Interpretation, Second Temple Literature, Jewish Thought, Comparative Theology
Ph.D. Yale University; B.A., M.A., Yeshiva University
Yale Divinity School, Yale College, Yeshiva College
Grants, Awards and Fellowships
Affiliate Fellow, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2019-2020)
AJS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2018-19)
Best Graduate Paper, NE/EC Regional SBL (2018)
Fischer-Horowitz Grant, summer research in India (2015)
Baron Foundation Grant, Yale Program for the Study of Anti-Semitism, (2014-15)
CSF (Centro Stefano Franscini) Award for Best Contribution to Conference (June 2014)
Wexner Graduate Fellowship (2011-15)
Center for Jewish Law Graduate Fellowship, Cardozo Law School (2013-15)
“‘Acceptable’ to ‘Will’: The Rabbinic Transformation of Ratzon in Sacrifice and Prayer,” in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 7:4 (2019), 430-448
“Is CD a Reliable Witness to Qumran’s Damascus Document? The Case of III:14-17,” Revue de Qumran 29:2 (2017), 165-184
“A Halakhic-Philosophic Account of Justified Self-Defense,” Torah u-Madda Journal 16 (2012-13), 21-51
Articles in Edited Volumes
“Whence Leprosy? An Inquiry into Midrashic Theodicy,” in Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature, forthcoming.
“Hu Ezra Alah mi-Bavel: Ezra as an Exemplar of Babylonian Superiority in Rabbinic Literature,” in Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls (eds. Joel Baden et al.; Leiden: Brill, 2016), 1453-72.
“Jeremiah in Rabbinic Theology and Baruch in Rabbinic Historiography,” in Jeremiah’s Scriptures (ed. Hindy Najman and Konrad Schmid; Leiden: Brill, 2016), 591-617.
“The Neglected Oaths Passage (CD IX:8-12): The Elusive, Allusive Meaning,” in Ha-’ish Mosheh (eds. B. Goldstein et al.; Leiden: Brill, 2017), 343-362.
“Review: Jeremy D. Lyon, Qumran Interpretation of the Genesis Flood,” Revue de Qumran 31:2 (2019), 330-333.
Translation and Commentary
“Translation and Commentary, Tractate Zavim,” for the New Oxford Mishnah: A New Annotated Translation of the Mishnah (eds. Shaye J. D. Cohen and Hayim Lapin), forthcoming.
“Commentary on Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Halakhic Man,” in The New Jewish Canon (ed. Yehuda Kurtzer and Claire Sufrin; Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2020).
“Selections from the Writings of Yoel Teitelbaum and Associated Texts”; “Shaul Yisraeli, Pillar of the Right,” in Leora Batnitzky and Yonatan Brafman, eds. Jewish Legal Theories: Writings on State, Religion, and Morality (Brandeis University Press, 2017), pp. 147-160, 211-215.
Researching aspects of sacrifice and atonement in Second Temple and rabbinic literature. Beginning research on understandings of the divine will in late antiquity and the early medieval period across Mediterranean religions.