I am a Lawrence Fellow of Judaic Studies for 2011-2013 at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin. I teach Introductions to the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and Religious Studies, as well as advanced seminars in my areas of interest.
Prior to my arrival at Lawrence, I studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Princeton University. My dissertation, entitled “Law and Society in the Dead Sea Scrolls” examined the underlying legal concepts found in the scrolls based on contemporary legal theory. I plan to defend my dissertation by the end of 2013.
My major interest lies in ancient Jewish literature, including Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Literature, and rabbinic literature. I am interested in development of exegetical traditions, intertextuality and imagery as literary devices, as well as rhetorical uses of these texts, with special attention to constructions of law, community and space.
Another major interest of mine is Philosophy, especially Philosophy of Law and Philosophy of Religion. I have recently taken an interest in spatial theory, and its implications to Law, to ancient Judaism and politics. A concept which furnished a chapter of my dissertation is Intention, and I hope to continue exploring its role in philosopy, law, psychology and the arts.