University of Haifa
Ivan and Nina Ross Family Fellowship

Research Topic

Between Legal Cultures: Pragmatic Documents vs. “The Law”


Micha J. Perry is a senior lecturer for medieval Jewish history in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. His current research focuses on the social history of Jews and languages during the Middle Ages with an emphasis on bilingualism, documentary culture, and identity

Perry received his PhD in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught at UCLA and at Yale University.

Selected publications

  • Eldad’s Travels: A Journey from the Lost Tribes to the Present (Routledge, 2019)
  • Tradition and Change: Knowledge Transmission among European Jews in the Middle Ages (Hebrew; Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing Group, 2010)



Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period.