Elchanan
Reiner

Tel Aviv University
Rose and Henry Zifkin Teaching Fellowship
Nancy S. and Laurence E. Glick Teaching Fellowship

Research Topic

Shrine and Pilgrimage in Historical and Anthropological Perspectives: The Cult of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yohai

Changing Attitudes toward Knowledge in Eastern European Jewry of the Early Modern Period; Popular Religion and Holy Shrines in the Land of Israel during the Middle Ages

Between Manuscript and Printed Book: Scholarly Culture in the Ashkenazi Culture in the Early Modern Period

Bio

Elchanan Reiner is Professor of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on the cultural history of Ashkenazi, especially Eastern European Jewry in the Early Modern Period. He is particularly interested in the beginning of the printed culture in the Ashkenazi milieu, the history of the Hebrew book and the history of the Early Modern Yeshivot and scholarship ("Lamdanut"). His article “No Jew should learn anything but the Talmud alone': Dispute over Books and Forbidden Books in 16th Century Ashkenaz” appeared in 2011. This year at the center, Reiner will continue his research on the emergence of the printed book in Ashkenazi society in the early modern period.

Fellowship

2003–2004

Challenging the methodological divide between history and anthropology in the study of Jews and Judaism.

2002–2003

Mining the extraordinarily rich history and culture of East European Jewry.

1994–1995

Taking stock of the distinctive properties of, and putative boundary between, traditional memory and modern critical history.

2011–2012

Applying an interdisciplinary approach to the richness and diversity of travel writing.