Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Joseph Sassoon Fellow

Research Topic

Jewish Medical and Theological Conceptions of the Heart and Brain in the Long Eighteenth Century


Ahuvia Goren recently received his Ph.D. from Ben Gurion University. His dissertation was part of the ERC project “Jewish Translation and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Europe.” It delves into doubt and skepticism among Italian Jews during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, employing perspectives from cultural history of knowledge, religious studies, and the history of science. His research on early modern Jewish Italian intellectual history is forthcoming in the Jewish Quarterly Review and Zion. 

Following his time at the Katz Center, Goren will be a Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where he will be working on his project, “Indivisibles: Atomism, Religion, and Morality in Modern Jewish Thought.” 

Selected publications

  • “The Scientific Method, the Atomist Theory, and Rabbi Moshe Chefetz’s Bible Commentary (1666–1710)” (Hebrew), Zion 88.1 (2022): 75–102.
  • With Yehudah Lerman, “The Use of Functional Tests in Fitness for Work Assessments in Responsa Literature” (Hebrew), Ha-refuah 157.6 (2018): 395–97.



Exploring health through the intersection between bodies and systems, language and physicality, religion and science, and beyond.