Jewish Theological Seminary
Thomas and Elissa Ellant Katz Fellowship

Research Topic

Foolish Priests, Wise Rabbis: Constructing and Deconstructing the Temple-Home


Marjorie Lehman is associate professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her research encompasses Talmudic Aggadah, Jewish gender studies, the history of the Hebrew book, and the scholarship of teaching. She is the co-director of a digital humanities project, Footprints, which tracks the movement of individual copies of Jewish books by examining censors’ marks, library stamps, owners’ signatures, bookplates, and handwritten marginalia. While at the Katz Center, she will analyze the talmud tractate Yoma for its outlook on the temple as the exemplar of the bayit (house).

Lehman received her PhD from Columbia University. She has previously held fellowships at the Frankel Center at Michigan, the Mandel Center at Brandeis, and JTS.

Selected publications

  • edited with Jane L. Kanarek and Simon J Bronner, Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2017)
  • edited with Jane L. Kanarek, Learning to Read Talmud: What it Looks Like and How It Happens (Academic Studies Press, 2016)
  • The En Yaaqov: Jacob Ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus (Wayne State University Press, 2012)



Devoted to the home, and seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life.