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Hebrew Union College/University of Pittsburgh Press to publish Defining Israel

Some very exciting news, long in the works, is now official. Read the press release here.

Interview with Ruth Calderon published in Marginalia

I sat down with Ruth Calderon to discuss identity, equality, and the proposed Jewish nation-state law in Israel. Read my introduction and the transcript here.

Legal History Trip to Islamic Society of Greater Worcester

On December 3 my upper-level legal history seminar, HI 510 Global History of Tolerance, took a trip to visit the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester (ISGW). We were hosted by Amjad Bhatti, President of the ISGW, and spoke at length with Dr. Amjad Bahnassi, who has been leading the efforts to secure the purchase of […]

Call for Applicants for 2017 Forum for International Forum of Young Scholars on Eastern European Jewry

The Eight Session of the International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry will be held in Prague, July 3-6, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for advanced doctoral students and recent PhDs to share their work and build relationships. See here for application details.

New article in Haaretz

I take a look at Gyory Spiro’s novel “Captivity” and what it tries to say about messianism and sovereignty in Israel and the diaspora.

New class in legal history for fall 2016

Click here for the poster! HI510 Topics in Legal History: Global History of Tolerance Fall 2016, Wednesdays 2-5pm About the Course The goal of the course Topics in Legal History is to provide an opportunity for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in history to study together with law students in a weekly seminar devoted to a compelling […]

My interview with Samuel Moyn

My interview with Sam Moyn on his new book Christian Human Rights, perfectly timed for the Pope’s visit to the UN.

My interview with Tzipi Livni

I spoke to Tzipi Livni about the meaning of a Jewish and democratic state, Jabotinsky, Ruvi Rivlin, and some other good stuff. In MRB:  

A Blessing on Your Head, and Other Ways to Deliver a Beating in Yiddish

I review an exhibit on the Yiddish vocabulary of violence, on the street and in the wrestling ring. In MRB:

New Article in Haaretz

I look at Maud Mandel’s new book and unpack the origins of Muslim-Jewish tension in France today. or