Tel Aviv University
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished FellowshipErika A. Strauss Teaching Fellowship

Research Topic

From Nation to Community: Rethinking Israeli Civil Society


Menachem Lorberbaum is Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He has chaired the Graduate School of Philosophy and the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University (2004) and is the founding chair of the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies (2004-2008). Prof. Lorberbaum is also a founding member of the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem where he currently heads the Bet Midrash program. He completed his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University and spent three years at the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Lorberbaum is author of Politics and the Limits of Law (Stanford 2001; Hebrew: 2006) and We are Dazzled by His Beauty (Hebrew, Ben Zvi Institute 2011). Together with Professors Michael Walzer of Princeton and Noam Zohar of Bar-Ilan he is a senior editor of the Jewish Political Tradition series (vol 1 "Authority," Yale University Press 2000, Hebrew: 2007; vol. 2 "Membership," Yale University Press 2003; vol. 3 "Community," Yale University Press, forthcoming). He is editor of the new and first complete Hebrew translation of Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan (Shalem 2009). His Hebrew collection of papers in political philosophy, Leviathan in the Holy Land, has been accepted for publication by Yediot Aharonot publishers. Prof. Lorberbaum has also published three volumes of Hebrew verse and is together with Dr. Michal Govrin, editor of the Devarim poetry series of Carmel publishers that has published his new book of poetic translations Transpositions. Lorberbaum's scholarship focuses on the formation of political and religious discourse and their interaction. Central to his work has been the effort to help create a new political language for the modern day Jewish polity. Prof. Lorberbaum is currently engaged in a study of Hassidism as a model of Jewish religious revitalization in early modernity and completing a book in first-order Jewish Theology, I Seek thy Countenance.



Asking if and how Jewish history, culture, and experience offered new paradigms with which to engage the politicaland, conversely, how mainstream political theories might expand Jewish studies in new and productive directions.