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

Research Topic

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


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.



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


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


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


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