1-17 Division A: The Bible and Its World
18-56 Division B: History of the Jewish People
57-79 Division C: Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Law
80-93 Division C: Jewish Thought
94-154 Division D: Literatures, Languages, and Arts
155-183 Division E: Contemporary Jewish Society
184-217 Index of Lecturares
World Union of Jewish Studies
Justice (ret.) Prof. Menachem Elon
Prof. Tamar Alexander (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Prof. Gershon
Bacon (Bar-Ilan University), Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson (The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem), Prof. Itamar Grunwald (Tel-Aviv University), Prof.
Ora Limor (The Open University), Prof. Yeshayahu Maori (Haifa University),
Prof. Eliezer Schweid (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Prof. Judith
Baskin (President of the AJS), Prof. Rashid Kaplanov (President of the EAJS).
Mr. Haim Weiss
Mr. Noam Starik
Division A: (The Bible and Its World)
Prof. Ed Greenstein, Prof. Devora Dimant, Prof. Avraham Horowitz, Prof.
Zipora Talshir, Prof. Rimon Kasher, Prof. Yeshayahu Maori, Dr. Baruch J.
Schwartz, Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman.
Division B: (History of the Jewish People)
Dr. Ram Ben-Shalom, Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, Prof. Gershon Bacon, Prof.
Ora Limor, Prof. Dina Porat.
Division C: (Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Law)
Prof. Menachem Elon, Prof. Yaakov Zussman, Prof. Gideon Libson, Prof.
Berachyahu Lifshitz, Prof. Chaim Milikowsky, Dr. Paul Mandel, Prof Eliav
Prof. Moshe Idel, Prof. Itamar Gruenwald, Prof. Zeev Gries, Prof. Eliezer
Division D: (Literatures, Languages, and Arts)
Prof. Shulamit Elizur, Prof. Tamar Alexander, Prof. Dvora Bregman, Prof.
Galit Hasan-Rokem, Dr. Nathan Cohen, Prof. Dan Laor, Prof. Aharon Maman,
Prof. Edwin Seroussi, Prof. Ziva Amishai-Maisels, Prof. Mahya Fruchtman,
Prof. Fredie Rokem, Prof. Yigal Schwartz.
Division E: (Contemporary Jewish Society)
Prof. Sergio DellaPergola, Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Prof. Hagit Lavsky, Prof. Amia
Lieblich, Dr. Shalom Ratzabi.
Assistants to the Congress Secretary:
Yochi Kahana, Rivka Topf-Mazeh, Yael Frendales, Tali Melchior.
The Congress Secretariat:
Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Rabin World Center of Jewish Studies
POB 24020, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 91240
Web site: www.jewish-studies.org
The Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies is
held under the auspices and with the support of:
· The Ministry of Culture & Sport – Culture Directorate
· The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
· The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
· Bar-Ilan University
· Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
· Haifa University
· The Open University of Israel
· Tel-Aviv University
· Hanadiv Charitable Foundation
· Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
· The Federmann Family and the Dan Hotels Corporation L.T.D
· The Friedberg Project for Genizah Research
· The Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture, Ben-Gurion
· Yad Vashem – The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance
· Shalom-Aleichem House
· The Mandelbaum Trust
· The Jewish Agency for Israel
· Elul Foundation
The Program of the Fourteenth World Congress of
Below is a list of instructions for your convenience:
The program of the Congress is arranged according to the main Congress
divisions: The Bible and Its World, History of the Jewish People, Rabbinic
Literature, Jewish Law and Jewish Thought, Literatures, Languages and Arts,
and Contemporary Jewish Society. Some of the divisions have sub-divisions
(for example: Folklore is a subdivision of Division D – Literatures, Languages
The Plenary session of each division or subdivision appears at the top of the list
of sessions. The remaining sessions follow in order of presentation.
For the sake of simplicity, each session has been assigned a three-digit number.
The first number represents the division:
1 = The Bible and Its World (Division A)
2 = History of the Jewish People (Division B)
3 = Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Law and Jewish Thought (Division C)
4 and 5 = Literatures, Languages and Arts (Division D)
6 = Contemporary Jewish Society (Division E)
The last two digits represent the session relative to the remaining sessions of
A number of sessions pertain to more than one division, and these will be listed
in all divisions to which their topics relate. For example: the session on
“Holocaust Literature” will be listed in Division C (Literatures, Languages and
Arts) as well as in Division B (History of the Jewish People – Holocaust
The language of each lecture is indicated by a letter in brackets (after the
If the language is not indicated, the lecture will be in Hebrew.
Attached please find an alphabetically arranged index of speakers listing their
country of residence, the session number in which their lectures are
incorpordated, and the program page number where the session details are
The Congress Venue
All Congress discussions and scheduled cultural events will be held at the Mt.
Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Session rooms are
situated in four major locations:
· Blocks 5-8 in the Faculty of Humanities
· The Senate Building
· The Truman Building and Pre-academic school (Buber Auditorium and
rooms 104 and 105 in the Truman Building)
· The Rabin World Center for Jewish Studies
Bilingual signs (Hebrew and English) will be posted in the Congress area with
directions to the session rooms.
Congress participants are required to pay a registration fee. Lecturers and
auditors alike must register before entering discussion rooms.
On the first day of the Congress, however, they will be allowed to enter the
rooms before they pay, in order to avoid crowding at the registration stands.
The price for weekly admission is US$150 (660 NIS)
The price for daily admission is US$30 (132 NIS)
The registration fee includes all Congress sessions and social and cultural
events (with the exception of the guided tours of Jerusalem on Tuesday), and
the Congress kit with two vouchers per day for coffee and cake.
Teachers, students, and senior citizens are eligible for a 50% discount on the
Soldiers may enter without paying a fee.
Accommodation in Jerusalem:
The Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, in cooperation with the
Issta Lines Travel Agency, offers participants various lodging arrangements: at
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem dormitories On Mt. Scopus, at the
Maiersdorf Faculty Club, and at a number of Jerusalem’s leading hotels. For
more information, please contact Issta at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
A coffee shop will be set up for participants in the inner courtyard of the
Faculty of Humanities where the vouchers provided in the Congress kits can be
used to purchase coffee and cake. Lunch and supper can be purchased at the
following coffee shops:
· “Rachel’s” – Block 1 (Faculty of Humanities) – lunch and supper.
· The “Frank Sinatra” – (at the Frank Sinatra Building) – lunch only.
(Business meals available).
· Maiersdorf Faculty Club – lunch only, with discounts for Congress
· The Coffee Shop in the Faculty of Social Sciences – lunch only.
(Business meals available).
The opening ceremony will take place at the Atzmaut-Mexico Hall, on Sunday,
31.07.2005 in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Moshe Katsav, President of
the Sate of Israel, Justice (Ret.) Prof. Menachem Elon, President of the World
Union of Jewish Studies, and Prof. Menachem Megidor, President of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Opening Ceremony 19:00
Reception in the foyer of the Atzmaut-Mexico Hall, hosted by the President of
the Congress and the President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Opening Session 20:00
Chairperson: Prof. Ora Limor, Vice President for Academic Affairs, the
Open University of Israel, and member of the Executive Committee of the
World Union of Jewish Studies
Justice (Ret.) Prof. Menachem Elon, President of the World Union of Jewish
· His Excellency Mr. Moshe Katsav, President of the State of Israel
· Prof. Menachem Megidor, President of the Hebrew University of
· Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel, Yeshiva University, Vice President of the
Association for Jewish Studies
· Prof. Rashid Kaplanov, President of the European Association for
Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Member of
the Executive Committee of the World Union of Jewish Studies:
“Jewish Studies and Jewish Creativity – Past and Present”
Musical Interlude: The Efroni Choir- Emek Hefer, conducted by Yishai
Simultaneous translation, Hebrew to English, will be available during the entire
The General Assembly of the Members of the World Union of Jewish
Studies and the Union Council will take place on Monday, 1.8.2005, between
13:30-15:00 in the Dan Wassong Auditorium (Rabin building).
The Closing Session: The Place of the Institute of
Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem –
Past, Present, Future
The closing session of the Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies will
take place on Thursday, 4.8.2005, at 17:30 in the Atzmaut-Mexico Hall on Mt.
Scopus, in celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Mandel Institute of
Chairperson: Prof. Sara Japhet, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Martin Goodman, Oxford University
Prof. Joshua Schwartz, Dean, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University
Prof. David Berger, Brooklyn College
Prof. Yeshayahu Gaffni, Chair, Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Plenary Sessions by Congress Divisions
Division A: The Bible and Its World
100 Qumran Research at the Crossroads
101 How Do We Date the Bible?
102 Trends and Currents in Bible Scholarship
103 The Religion of Ancient Israel and Biblical Religion
Division B: History of the Jewish People
200 Historiography and Identity
201 Jews and Other Minorities: Legal Status and Mutual Reflections
202 The Structure and Organization of the Mishneh Torah (in Cooperation
with the Scholion: Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish-Studies)
270 Fifty Years after the Kastner Trial – A Public Discussion (in
Cooperation with the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of
Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, Tel-Aviv University)
Division C: Rabbinic Literature, Jewish-Law
300 Directions in Talmud Studies
301 Cha”zal: Philology, Language, History and Literature
302 A Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts: A Catalogue of Manuscripts of
the Mishna, Tosefta, the Talmuds, and the [Rif] of the Israel Academy
of the Sciences and Humanities (in Cooperation with the Friedberg
Genizah Research Project and the Ben-Zvi Institute)
338 Mishpat Ivri- Whence and Whither? – Session A
339 Mishpat Ivri- Whence and Whither? – Session B
350 The Political Philosophy of Maimonides and Jewish Political
352 Teaching Mysticism in the Academy
353 Research in the Field of Magic and Its Academic Significance
354 The Friedberg Project for Genizah Research – Plans and Activities (in
Cooperation with the Friedberg Project for Genizah Research under the
Auspices of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and the Ben-
Division D: Literatures, Languages and Arts
400 Jewish Literature: Delineation
425 The Genizah Project for the Research of Hebrew Poetry of the Israel
Academy of the Sciences and Humanities (in Cooperation with the
Friedberg Genizah Research Project and the Ben-Zvi Institute)
450 Old Yiddish – New Aspects (in Cooperation with Beth Shalom
461 Plenary Session: Ladino Culture – Between Spanish Context and
Jewish Context (in Cooperation with the Moshe David Gaon Center for
Ladino Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Division E: Contemporary Jewish Society
600 The Creation of a National Narrative
Private Conferences and Academic events before and
during the Congress
The Twelfth Conference of the Society for the Study of Medieval Judeo-
Arabic Culture on the subject “Maimonides and His World” will take
place between Monday-Thursday, July 25-28, 2005, at the Ben-Zvi Institute in
Jerusalem and Haifa University.
Pre-Congress Seminar of Latin-American Researchers on the Subject:
“Spaniards in America”
The seminar is under the auspices of the Institute of Contemporary Judaism,
and will take place on Thursday, 28.7.2005, beginning at 9:00 at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus.
The Nineteenth Congress of the International Organization for Masoretic
Studies will take place on Sunday, 31.7.2005, at 9:00 in room 2713.
A symposium on “Introductions to Contemporary Jewish Theology of
World Religions” will be held in cooperation with The Elijah Interfaith
Institute for Research and Interfaith Dialogue. Participants include: Prof. Ruth
Langer, Prof. Allan Brill, Prof. David Berger, Prof. Yehudah Gelman, Dr. Avi
Elkayam, Prof. Menachem Kelner and Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein.
Sunday, 31.7.2005, 9:00-13:30, room 2718 of the Humanities Building, Mt.
The opening ceremony of the Latin American Studies Department will
take place on Sunday, 31.7.2005, at 17:00, in the Bronfman Auditorium (the
The Seventh International Conference for the Study of Jewish Names, in
cooperation with Bar-Ilan University, will take place on Sunday and Monday,
31.7.2005-1.8.2005, in room 2720.
A special session of the Ephraim E. Urbach International Fellowship
Winners awarded by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture will be
held at 15:00 on Monday, 1.8.2005, in the Dan Wassong Auditorium (Rabin
building), Mt. Scopus campus.
Conference for researchers participating in the Feminist and Gender
Studies Sector: Women’s Scholarship and Creativity.
Tuesday, 2.8.2005, at 13:30, in room 501, The Maiersdorf Faculty Club. The
conference is open to all researchers.
The documentary film "Adio Kerida” will be screened in cooperation with
the Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture of Ben Gurion University of
Tuesday, 2.8.2005, at 17:30, in the Senate Hall, Mt. Scopus campus.
Presentation of Festschrift to Prof. Josef Dan on Tuesday, 2.8.2005, at 17:00,
in room 405 of The Maiersdorf Faculty Club.
Special sessions of the Friedberg Genizah Research Project will take place
on Wednesday, 3.8.2005, 11:30, in the Dan Wassong Auditorium (Rabin
building), Mt. Scopus campus.
Presentation of the annual scholarship awards in memory of Prof. Shlomo
Wednesday, 3.8.2005, at 20:00, The Maiersdorf Faculty Club.
Special session on the publication of the 100th volume of the journal
“Peamim” on Wednesday, 3.8.2005, at 20:00, at Yad Ben-Zvi.
The special closing session marking the 80th anniversary of the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Jewish Studies will take place on
Thursday, 4.8.2005, at 17:00, in the Atzmaut-Mexico Hall.
Special Cultural Events at the Congress
All musical events are organized by the Jewish Music Research
Centre, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Sunday, 31.7.2005, 19:00, at the Atzmaut-Mexico Hall.
Musical intermezzo with Assaf Shelleg
Monday, 1.8.2005, 14:15, in room 2715.
Same date and time, in room 2729.
Concert performance: “Jewish Music on the Stage – the Challenge of
An original production by the Jewish Music Research Centre in cooperation
with the Moshe David Gaon Center for Ladino Culture, Ben Gurion
University, Artistic Directors: Judit Frigyesi, Walter Zeev Feldman and Esti-
Keinan Ofri,@ Monday, 1.8.2005, at 20:30, Atzmaut-Mexico Hall.
Musical Intermezzo with Sharon Bernstein
Tuesday, 2.8.2005, 14:15, in room 2715.
Same date and time, room 2729.
The Enchanted City – Evening tours of Jerusalem in cooperation with the
Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi Center
Tuesday, 2.8.2005, leaving at 20:00 from the Mt. Scopus campus.
Musical Intermezzo with Ensemble Tafilalt (Yair Harel, Yonatan Niv, and
Wednesday, 3.8.2005, 14:15, in room 2715.
Same date and hour, room 2729.
A Guided Tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes'
Wednesday, 3.8.2005, 20:30. Organized transportation will be provided from
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus campus at 20:00. The tour
will open with a lecture of the Director of Yad Vashem, Mr. Avner Shalev, and
then the participants will tour the museum.
Early registration to the tour is required.
“Judaism and Art”
An exhibit of posters designed by young researchers in Jewish Studies will be
on display throughout the Congress at the entrance to the Rabin Building.
Screening of Documentary Jewish Films
Documentary films dealing with Jewish topics will be screened during the
congress at the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive (please use the elevator
at block 8 of the Humanities building).
A Book Fair attended by forty publishers from Israel and abroad will take place
in the corridors of the Humanities Department throughout the Congress.
Computers and the Internet
Throughout the Congress, a computer room connected to the internet will be
available to all Congress participants in the “language laboratories” of Block 3
in the Humanities Building.
Owners of lap-top computers with wireless internet connections may go online
in Blocks 3 and 8 of the Humanities Building.
Division A: The Bible and Its World
100 Qumran Research at the Crossroads (Plenary Session)
Chairperson: Lawrence H. Schiffman
Monday (1 Aug 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2713
Devorah Dimant (E)
The Aramaic Texts from Qumran and the History of the Yahad
Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar (E)
Why Is there Wisdom in the Dead Sea Scrolls? A Survey
Gary A. Anderson (E)
Israel's Exile in Rewritten Biblical Narrative
Chazon Esther (E)
Shifting Perspectives on Jewish Prayer in the New Stage of Qumran
101 How Do We Date the Bible? (Plenary Session)
Chairperson: Avi Hurvitz
Tuesday (2 Aug 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2713
John A. Emerton (E)
The Problem of Criteria for Dating Biblical Books
David Talshir (E)
Phrases in Late Biblical Hebrew
Jan Joosten (E)
Historical Developments in Hebrew Syntax and the Dating of Biblical
Alexander Rofeh (E)
Not on Language Alone
102 Trends and Currents in Bible Scholarship (Plenary Session)
Chairperson: Ed Greenstein
Wednesday (3 Aug 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2713
Remon Kasher (H)
Old Testament Ethics in Recent Studies
Marvin A. Sweeney (E)
Reading Prophetic Books
Nahum Roselle (H)
The Impact of the Deuteronomistic School on the Book of Joshua
Sid Z. Leiman (E)
Torah, Prophets, and Writings: The Tripartite Biblical Canon Re-
103 The Religion of Ancient Israel and Biblical Religion (Plenary
Chairperson: Baruch J. Schwartz
Thursday (4 Aug 2005) 11:30 - 13:30 Room: 2713
Benjamin Sommer (E)
Gods' Bodies, Gods' Selves: On Some Constructions of Divinity in
Ancient Israel and Its Environment
Israel Knohl (H)
Was Freud Wrong? The Origins of Biblical Religion
Jonathan Klawans (E)
Ritual Studies, Religious Reform, and the Study of Sacrifice