The Uses of History: Jewish Orthodoxy and the Transmission of Tradition
Working to expose the shifting linkages between commerce and culture in Jewish life from medieval to modern times.
Mining the extraordinarily rich history and culture of East European Jewry.
Devoting an entire year of study to the subject of Christian Hebraism, especially in early modern Europe.
Looking at the relationship of oral and written modes of cultural transmission, the relative values of these modes in different Jewish cultural moments and locales, and the relationship of transmission to authority.
Applying an interdisciplinary approach to the richness and diversity of travel writing.
Investigating changes across the early modern Jewish world.