The Ohio State University

Matt GoldishMatt Goldish (Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is currently the Samuel M. and Esther Melton Professor of Jewish History, and Director of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University. He is author of Jewish Questions: Responsa on Sephardic Life in the Early Modern Period (Princeton University Press, 2008); The Sabbatean Prophets (Harvard University Press, 2004); and Judaism in the Theology of Sir Isaac Newton (Kluwer, 1998); as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He is also editor of Rabbinic Culture and Its Critics: Jewish Authority, Dissent, and Heresy in Medieval and Early Modern Times (with D. Frank; Wayne State University Press, 2008); Spirit Possession in Judaism: Cases and Contexts from the Middle Ages to the Present (Wayne State University Press, 2003); and Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture, Book 1: Jewish Messianism in the Early Modern World (with R.H. Popkin; Kluwer, 2001).

Professor Goldish is a long-time teacher in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, and has also taught for the Wexner Foundation Heritage Program. He is Co-Director of the Jewish History Media Project, which just completed its first film, The Other Men in Black: The Hasidic Movement, Yesterday and Today. Matt Goldish is Writer and Executive Producer of this multimedia docu-drama.


  • Converts and Conversos: How Sephardic History Can Help People Understand ‘Who Is a Jew’
  • From Shylock to Cromwell: The Background of the Jews’ Readmission to England
  • Jewish Tales from the Responsa: Stories of Jews in a Legal Genre
  • Spinoza and Other Dissenters in the Amsterdam Jewish Community
  • The Christian Hebraists of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • The Rhetoric of Rabbinic Power in the Talmud
  • The Samson Syndrome: The Horrors of Jewish Dating Reflected in American Film
  • What Happened to the Sephardim after 1492?
  • The ‘Old Yishuv’: The Jewish Community in the Land of Israel on the Eve of Zionism
  • Kabbalat Shabbat: History and Mystery in the Mystical City of Safed
  • Screening of the Melton Center film, “The Other Men in Black: The Hasidic Movement Yesterday and Today,” with discussion