Tel Aviv University
Charles W. and Sally Rothfeld Fellowship

Research Topic

On Nechama: A Phenomenological Enquiry into Consolation in Jewish Texts and Practices


Eli Schonfeld received his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2010. During the 2010-2011 academic year he received the Max and Bella Guggenheim post-doctorate in Jewish Ethics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Berkowitz post-doctoral fellowship at New York University in 2014. Dr. Schonfeld is the author of The Wonder of Subjectivity: A Reading of Levinas’ Philosophy, 2007, (in Hebrew) and Moses Mendelssohn: An Inquiry into the birth of Modern Jewish Philosophy, forthcoming, 2015 (in French). His work has also appeared in numerous edited volumes, collections, and journals. During his fellowship at the Katz Center, Schonfeld will commence research on a project that focuses on the question of consolation in Jewish thought and practice.



Exploring aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself.