Dartmouth College
Shalom Hartman Institute

Research Topic

Doubt and Certainty in Jewish Pietism from Maimonides to Mussar


Shaul Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College and Kogod Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. His two latest books are The Bible, the Talmud, and The New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the Gospel and Piety and Rebellion: Essay in Hasidism, both published in 2019. His forthcoming book, Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical, will be published with Princeton University Press in Fall 2021. He is presently working on the political theology of Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar.

Magid is also a clawhammer banjo player and a student of Ken Perlman, one of the great living banjo virtuosos and musicologists of old-time banjo as well as the musical partner of Al Jabour who was, until his death a few years ago, the curator of American folk music at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.



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.