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Scientific Publications

Authored books

1. Criticized Criticism – Orthodox Alternatives to ‘Wissenschaft des Judentums’  1873-1956, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem 2013 (Hebrew).

2. 'To Cultivate a Hebrew Culture': The Life and Thought of Zeev Jawitz, The Bialik  Institute, Jerusalem 2016 (Hebrew).

3. The Halakha and the Challenge of Israeli Sovereignty, Lexington Books, Lanham,  MD 2019.

4. Kitzur Divrei HaYamim: The first Hebrew Historiographical Essay on the Jews  of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem 2019 (Hebrew) Editorship of collective volumes

1. Ashkenazi Batei Midrash – Memoirs of Graduates of in German and Austrian  Rabbinical Seminars, Jerusalem: Carmel Press & Schechter Institute, 2010  (Hebrew).

2. Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and Proto-Zionism, Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 2015 (Hebrew).

Publications in scientific journals

1) The Hildesheimer School – an Orthodox alternative to Wissenschaft des  Judentums, Hidushim be-heker toldot yehude germania, 9 (2006), Leo Baeck  Institute, Jerusalem (Hebrew).

2) "Benjamin Menashe Levin and Orthodox Wissenschaft des Judentums",  Cathedra, 130 (2008), pp. 103-128 (Hebrew).

3) "The Sages as Designers of the Jewish Politics in Times of Exile in Rabbi Preil’s  Thought", Moreshet Israel, 5 (2008), pp. 31-45 (Hebrew).

4)" The Attempt to Establish a Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, 1956: Chronicle of  a Predestined Failure”, Cathedra, 134 (2009), pp. 91-112 (Hebrew).

5) “Judah Halevi and Maimonides as “two versions who contradict one another” in  the Modern Period Thought”, Mo'ed – Annual for Jewish Studies, 19 (2009) pp. 137- 159 (Hebrew).

6) "Orthodox Reactions to Wissenschaft des Judentums", Modern Judaism, 30:1  (2010), pp. 69-94.

7) "Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and the Breslau School – An Unique Orthodox  Model", Zion, 75 (2010), pp.51-72 (Hebrew).

8) "Orthodox Strategies in the Research of Wissenschaft des Judentums",  European Journal of Jewish Studies, 5 (2011), pp. 67-79.

9) "Between Jerusalem and Mikveh Israel: the correspondence between Zeev Yavetz  and his Son Yehudah in the Autumn of 1892", Cathedra, 142 (2011), pp. 55-74  (Hebrew).

10) "Letters from Warsaw: the Reports of Zeev Yavetz on the Christmas' Pogrom of  1881 and his Implications", Gal-ed 23 (2013), pp. 171-182 (Hebrew).  11) "Yashan Maleh Chadash – The Unpublished Utopia of Zeev Yavetz", Cathedra 148 (2013), pp. 71-108 (Hebrew).

12) "From Rothschild to Crémieux – The Israel's Notables in the Thought and  Activity of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer", Cathedra, 155 (2015), pp. 47-72 (Hebrew).

13) "Between Reform and Apologetic: The Public Letter of I. M. Jost on 'Love your  Neighbor' and Rabbi Z. H. Kalischer's Response", Zutot, 10 (2013), pp. 29-40.

14) "'In Days to Come': The Nature of the Jewish State and Society in the Thought of  Ze’ev Ya’avetz", Journal of Jewish Studies, LXVI: 1 (2015), pp. 157-181.

15) "“Why Does the Way of the Wicked Prosper?” Aaron Kaminka’s Theological  Response to the Persecution of the Jews", Yad Vashem Studies, 42, 2 (2014), pp. 123- 154.

16) ""Seeking the Good of his People and Accepted by Most of his Brethren": The  Historical Character of Zvi Hirsh Dainow – The Maggid of Slutsk", Zion, 80 (2015),  pp. 115—142 (Hebrew).

17) Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and the Beginning of Chibbat Zion's Rabbinic  Network, Mo'ed – Annual for Jewish Studies, 22 (2016), pp. 113-134 (Hebrew).

18) "‘Out of Breslau Shall Come Forth Torah, and the Word of the Lord From Frankfurt am Main’: Religious Impact of German Judaism on Russian Judaism During the Last Three decades of the 19TH Century", Modern Judaism, 36: 1 (2016),  pp. 1-30.

19) "The Cultural Zionism of Ze'ev Jawitz", Hebrew Union College Annual, 88  (2018), pp. 255-295.

20) "The Nazis’ Attacks on the Talmud and the Jewish Apologetic Reactions in the  1930'", Search and Research, 25 (2016) (Hebrew).

21) "Between Internal Tikkun and External Tikkun and Between Symbolic-Theurgic  Messianism and Realistic Messianism: The Vilna Gaon's Disciples and Rabbi Zvi  Hirsch Kalischer", Cathedra, 167 (2018), pp. 27-58 (Hebrew).

22) "Ephraim Elimelech Urbach and the Movement for Torah's Judaism 1966-1975 – An Attempt to Re-Establish the Breslau School in Israel", transversal – Journal for  Jewish Studies, 14, 2 (2017), pp. 87-94.

23) "'Bad Jew' and 'my Brother': The Image of the German Jew in Sholem Aleichem's  Writings", Moreshet Israel, 15 (2018), pp. 225-242 (Hebrew).

24) "Enlisted History: Zeev Jawitz and the Making of National Orthodox  Wissenschaft des Judentums", PaRDeS – the journal of the German Association for  Jewish Studies, 24 (2018), pp. 79-102.

25) "No Longer Halakha for Messianic Times: The Balfour Declaration and the  Pioneering Debate on Halakha and the Challenge of Sovereignty", History, Thought,  Reality (forthcoming, Hebrew).

26) "From Germany to Jerusalem, from Community to State: The Separate Paths  Taken by Neo-Orthodox Jurists Abraham Chaim Freimann and Isaac Breuer, Jewish  Law Annual (forthcoming).

27) "The Roles and Representation of the Jewish Women in Zeev Jawitz' Writings",  Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 15, 1 (2018), 17pp.

28) "The emancipation of slaves and the auto-emancipation of the Jews: the impact  of the American Civil War (1861-65) and the abolition of slavery on the precursors of  Zionism", Jewish History, 33 (2020), pp. 461-486.

29) "The Blessing 'Who has not Made me a Gentile' and it's Alternatives: The  Evolution of one Blessing in German Jewish Space in the Nineteenth Century", AJS  Review (forthcoming).

30) "Expansion of Torah Study, Halakhic Renewal, and the Religious Zionist  Compendium", Modern Judaism (forthcoming).

31) "The Halakhic Teaching of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer", Dine Israel (forthcoming,  Hebrew).

32) "A Righteous Rabbi or a Hypocritical Heretic: The Historical Character of  Rabbi Isaac Ger (Granboom) of Amsterdam", Zion (forthcoming, Hebrew).

Chapters in collective volumes

33) "Between Wolozyn and Berlin – The Lithuanian Orthodoxy and the Orthodox  Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin", in: Guy Miron (editor), From Breslau to Jerusalem,  Jerusalem: Schechter Institute, 2009, pp. 117-148 (Hebrew).

34) "German-Jewish Orthodoxy and the Land of Israel in light of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch  Kalischer's Activities", in: A. Yedidya (editor), Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer and the  Awakening to Zion, Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 2015, pp. 191-205 (Hebrew). 35) "From Apologetic to National Revival: The three faces of Orthodox Wissenschaft  des Judentums in Europe", in: C. Wiese and M. Thulin (eds.), Wissenschaft des  Judentums in Europe: Comparative Perspectives, De Gruyter: Berlin (forthcoming) 36) "Abraham Berliner and the Making of Orthodox Wissenschaft des Judentums",  in: Paul Mendes-Flohr, Rachel Livneh-Freudenthal, and Guy Miron (eds.), Jewish  Historiography between Past and Future: 200 Years of Wissenschaft des  Judentums, De Gruyter: Berlin 2019, pp. 77-90.

Books Review: 

1) "Book Review, Seeking Zion – Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings  of Zvi Hirsch Kalischer, by Judy Myers", Tradition, 38, 3 (2004), pp.107-110. 2) "Book Review, When Disaster Comes from Afar, by Dina Porat (ed.)", Zion, 76 (2011), pp. 395-399.

3) "Book Review, We Were First; A History of Hibat Zion, 1881-1918, by Yossi  Goldstein", Cathedra, 171 (2019), pp. 157-162.

4) "Book Review, The Dual Truth, by Ephraim Chamiel", Zion, 82 (2017), pp. 521- 525.

5) "Book Review, Keeping Divine Law: Orthodoxy and Ultra-Orthodoxy, by Yosef  Salmon, Zion (forthcoming, Hebrew).

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