New York University JeffreyRubenstein

Jeffrey L. Rubenstein was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College, his M.A. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he also received rabbinic ordination, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Religion of Columbia University.  He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Jewish Theological Seminary in addition to New York University.  His books include, The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods (1995); Talmudic Stories: Narrative Art, Composition and Culture (1999), Rabbinic Stories (Classics of Western Spirituality Series, 2002), The Culture of the Babylonian Talmud (2003), and Stories of the Babylonian Talmud (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Dr. Rubenstein has written numerous articles on the festival of Sukkot, Talmudic stories, the development of Jewish law, and topics in Jewish liturgy and ethics.

Lecture Topics:

  • Rabbinic Stories: From History to Literature
  • The Talmudic Ethic of Dignity and Shame
  • Love Babylonian Style: Stories of Rabbis and Wives
  • New Light on the Editing of the Talmud: Stories of the Late Babylonian Academy
  • Why the Righteous Suffer? Some Radical Talmudic Perspectives
  • Tradition and Change: The Metamorphosis of Narratives in the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds