Debra Glasberg Gail completed her Ph.D. in 2016 at Columbia University. From 2016 to 2017 she served as Gruss Scholar-in-Residence at New York University School of Law. Debra’s research interests include the cultural history of Jewish legal texts, the material history of the book, and the history of science. Her dissertation combined these interests through a close study of the life and work of Italian rabbi and physician Isaac Lampronti (1679–1756). Lampronti produced both the first alphabetically organized encyclopedia (the Pahad Yitzhak) and the first periodical (the Bikurei kazir) of halakhah (Jewish law), which refashioned the traditional rabbinic system according to scientific methodologies and emerging Enlightenment ideas. Unwilling to relinquish the authorities of either science or traditional Jewish law, Lampronti creatively mediated the tensions between the two.


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