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Rabbi Dr. Yohanan Ledermann

Research Fellow 2001-5

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Yohanan Ledermann was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January  2001 to June 2003 and from January 2005 to September 2005.

His topic during his first stay was titled "The Philosophy of the Enlightenment in Moses Mendelssohn's Biblical Exegesis". The topic of his post doctoral research was titled "Zyi Homberg's Ha-Korem as a Supercommentary of Mendelssohn's Biur".

 

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Dr. Sandra Lehmann

Research Fellow 2005-6

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Current Affiliation or Position: Postdoc at the Institute of Christian Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Vienna.
Current Research Project: Metaphysics and speculation after post-metaphysics.

Sandra Lehmann was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from Januar 2005 to June 2006. Her research topic was titled "Glaube und Geschichte in Franz Rosenzweigs 'Stern der Erlösung'".

 

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Yael Levi

Yael Levi

Researcher
21 Efrata street, Apt. 6, Jerusalem 9338423

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Yael Levi is a doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Department of History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry. She is writing her dissertation on the transition of the Hebrew Alphabet (Aleph-Beis) from Eastern Europe to the United States in the 19 th  century. Yael received an MA in Yiddish Literature from Tel Aviv University, Department of Literature. The Thesis Topic was “Jewish Press in the United States, 1913–1918: Hebrew, Yiddish and English – Connections and Interactions”. Grants and scholarships include Dinur Scholarship from The Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History (2016); The annual Nadav peoplehood award, NADAV Foundation (2015); Dov Sadan Prize for Research in Hebrew Language, Hebrew Literature, and Yiddish Literature (2015); the Goldreich Family Institute Fellowship, Tel Aviv University (2014—2015).

 

Research Project

The current project deals with the transition of the Hebrew Alphabet from Eastern Europe to the United States in the 19th century. The research explores how Jewish immigrants brought multilingual traditions of their culture – writing in Hebrew and Yiddish – from Eastern Europe to America. My research will examine the means in which Jewish immigrants established their linguistic heritage and unique culture while acclimatizing in the new world: the difficulties they encountered; their stated and implied goals in the cultural project they undertook; and the implementations of their aspirations. These questions stand at the crossroads of modern Jewish culture and human rights, and they relate to the politics of recognition and to the debate over identity politics.

 

Conference Presentations

“-Jewish Press in the United States, 1913–1918: Hebrew, Yiddish and English”, XIXth Symposium for Yiddish Studies in Germany, Düsseldorf, September 2016.

“-A True Trip: The Significance of Walking in Sholem Aleichemʼs Stories for Children”, Sholem Aleichem 1916-2016: Writing Place, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2016.

-“Yiddish and Hebrew in Jacob Glatsteinʼs Poetry”, Conference for Comparative Literature, Haifa University, March 2015.

 

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Dr. Amit Levy

Managing Editor of "Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Culture History"
Research Coordinator of "Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel"
Research Fellow 2016-17
Amit.Levy@mail.huji.ac.il

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Amit Levy is a postdoctoral fellow in the George L. Mosse Program in History (University of Wisconsin–Madison & Hebrew University of Jerusalem). As a cultural and intellectual historian, he is interested in the ways migrating knowledge affects transnational and inter-cultural encounters, especially in imperial and colonial contexts. In his PhD project (Department of History, HUJI, where he also completed his MA studies), entitled A New Orient: German-Jewish Oriental Studies in Palestine/Israel, 1926–1963, Amit studied the migration of Orientalist knowledge from German universities to Palestine/Israel and the encounter of Arabic and Islamic Studies scholars with the Orient. He is now developing a new project which will explore encounters of migrating and local knowledge in British Mandate Jerusalem, starting with the British-Arab-Jewish initiative of the Palestine Folk Museum (1936-1948). 

Since 2019 Amit also serves as the managing editor of the FRMRC's Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

He was the research coordinator of the joint project of the FRMRC, DLA Marbach and the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel.

 

 

Selected Publications

- (co-authored with Hanan Harif) “‘A Complete, Multifaceted Discipline’: The Debate over the History of Jews in Muslim Lands and its Teaching at the Institute of Jewish Studies and the School of Oriental Studies, 1948–1955,” in: Uzi Revhun and Yfaat Weiss (eds.), The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 5th volume (accepted; forthcoming) [IN HEBREW].

- “The Archive as Storyteller: Refractions of German-Jewish Oriental Studies Migration in Personal Archives,” Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts / Dubnow Institute Yearbook XVII (2018), pp. 425–446.

- ”A Man of Contention: Martin Plessner (1900–1973) and His Encounters with the Orient,” Naharaim 10.1 (2016), pp. 79-100.

- "'The Sheik': Understanding American Orientalism through Visual and Narrative Differences in Three Decades of Discussion,” Slil 10 (Winter 2016), pp. 39-57. [IN HEBREW]

- "'Ma'alesh, Nistader': Arabic in the Folklore of the Palmach during the 1940s,” Hayo Haya 11 (Autumn 2015), pp. 46-66. [IN HEBREW]

 

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Liad Levy-Mousan

Researcher

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Liad Levy-Mousan is a M.A. Student in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Thesis focuses on the concept of Time in Martin Buber's writings. Liad obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy at the Hebrew university and received certificates in Advanced Methodologies in Project Management from the Technion Institute, as well as in Oral History applied course from the Institute of Contemporary Judaism at the Hebrew University. Liad receives the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship and is engaged as a research Assistant for Prof. Avihu Ronen (University of Haifa) in the "Hashomer Hatzair youth-movement documentation Project during 1938-1946" and in the project: "Traces of German-Jewish History: Preserving and Researching German-Jewish Archives in Israel" at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked from 2009 to 2015 in diverse functions that focus on Jewish and political education in Israel, Switzerland and Germany. Until October 2014 he was the director of the Youth department of the Jewish community center of Munich and Upper-Bavaria, Germany.

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Ahuva Liberles Noiman

Ahuva Liberles Noiman

Research Fellow 2016-17

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After completing her MA studies at Hebrew University, Ahuva Liberles Noiman is currently a PhD candidate at the Department for History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is carrying out her research at the Rosenzweig Center and as a fellow of the I-Core 'Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounter'. Liberles Noiman teaches at the David Yellin College of Education in Jerusalem and has held, since 2012, a position as book review editor at "Zion: The Israeli Historical society's journal for Jewish History".

 

Research Project

Ahuva Liberles Noiman's fields of interests focus on Jewish History in German Lands between 1100-1600, social and intellectual history and the study conversion and inter-religious relationships between Christians and Jews. Her MA thesis, written under the instruction of Prof. Israel Yuval, focused on Conceptions of Space, Travelling and religious Boundaries in the Pietistic community in Regensburg (12th and 13th centuries). Her future dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Israel Yuval and Dr. Ephraim (Effie) Shoham-Steiner, focuses on the social history of Converts in Late Medieval German lands (1350-1500). Basing on Hebrew, Latin and German sources from the archives she examines the diversity in the relationships between converts and their former and new society.

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Edo Litmanovitch

Research Fellow 2011

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Edo Litmanovitch was a Visiting Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January to June 2011. His project, titled "The Relation between Owners and their Personal Possessions," focused on George Simmel's and Walter Benjamin's favorable account of attachment to personal belongings.

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Adi Livny

Project Coordinator: The Historical Archive of the Hebrew University

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Adi Livny is the academic coordinator of the international project The Historical Archive of the Hebrew University: German-Jewish Knowledge and Cultural Transfer, 1918-1948, a collaboration between the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Centre and the Deutsche Literatur Archiv in Marbach, supported by the Greda Henkel Foundation.
Adi is a PhD candidate at the department for the History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry, a recipient of the Hebrew University’s President’s Scholarship for outstanding Doctoral Students (2015) and a fellow of the "Da'at Hamakom" I-Core Center (2014-2015). Adi earned her BA and MA from the department of Political Science at the Hebrew University. her MA thesis “Conscientious Objection and the State: between Confrontation and Recognition” (2013) dealt with the policy towards objection to military service in Israel, Germany and Switzerland during the second half of the 20th century.

 

Research Project

Adi’s dissertation - “The Windows of This House Shall Be Open to the Four Winds of the Heavens": A Spatial History of the Hebrew University (1925-1948)- is written under the supervision of Prof. Yfaat Weiss. It explores the university’s existence as a Western agent in an Oriental environment and as an agent of nationalism in a pre-state era. While scholars and intellectuals stand at its center, the research’s concern is not with intellectual history, but rather with a history of the university as an institution, focusing on its policies and practices, rather on the knowledge it produced.

In particular, the project explores the spatial aspects of the university’s activity, focusing on different spheres: in Palestine, examining the institution’s influence on the land and people in its immediate environment; in the Middle East, examining its relations and connections with other educational institutions around the region; and within the British Empire, examining the university alongside other educational institutions under British auspices.

 

Selected Publications

- „Raketengetrieben: Wie die post-israelische Generation um ihr Leben kämpft“, Kursbuch 181 (March 2015): 117-130.

- “‘An Order is an Order?’ Conscientious Objection in Cold War West Germany” Hayo Haya: A Young Forum for History 10 (2014): 94-113 [in Hebrew].

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Dr. Enrico Lucca

Researcher
en.lucca@gmail.com
Dr. Enrico Lucca c/o: Simon Dubnow Institut für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur Goldschmidtstr. 28 04103 - Leipzig

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Enrico Lucca (Como, 1983) holds a PhD from the University of Milan (2012). In 2008-2009 he obtained a specialization degree in Cultural Sciences from the Scuola Alti Studi - Fondazione Collegio San Carlo (Modena). In Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 he has been a visiting graduate student at the University of Chicago (Divinity School). From January to June 2012 he has been a research fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Grants and scholarships include DAAD scholarship (Summer 2008), PhD full scholarship (University of Milan, 2009-2011), Posen Foundation Summer Fellowship (August 2011), the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (January - June 2012), the Guidetti Prize of the Vigevani Foundation & the Italian Association of the Friends of the Hebrew University (March 2014), the Olga and William Lakritz Prize in Martin Buber Studies (July 2014), «Da‘at ha-Maqom» Center for the Study of Modern Jewish Cultures (2015). From Summer 2015 he is the editorial manager of the Center's periodical Naharaim.

 

Research Project

Enrico Lucca's research aims to explore the multiple dimensions of the biography and work of Shmuel Hugo Bergman (1883-1975), and elucidate his crucial position in the cultural, intellectual, and political life of pre-state Jewish and subsequently Israeli society. Originally from Prague, where in the first two decades of the 20th century he led the Jewish-cultural renaissance of the local German speaking community, Bergman moved to Palestine, where he assumed an influential role within the Jewish yishuv. He soon became a leading institutional figure associated with the development both of the Jewish National Library (of which he was the first director) and the Hebrew University (where he served as the first rector). At the same time, in light of his active advocacy of bi-nationalism and Arab-Israeli dialogue, first as one of the leaders of Brit Shalom and then in Ichud, and by virtue of his participation in various other political and labor organizations, Bergman emerged as an important point of reference for left-wing Israeli discourse, thus reaching a position as an eminent intellectual engaged in the national public debate. The research will generate an intellectual biography that encompasses the multiple aspects of Bergman’s political, scholarly, and cultural activity.

 

Selected Publications

- Sotto il segno della gnosi. Un’approssimazione ad alcune poesie scholemiane, in T. Tagliacozzo (ed.), Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem e il linguaggio, Mimesis, Milan, 2016 [in press] [Under the sign of Gnosis. An approximation to Scholem’s poetry]

- Crisis y apocalipsis. Notas para un análisis de la reflexión scholemiana sobre el mesianismo, «Res Publica: Revista de Historia de las Ideas Políticas», xviii, 2 (2015), pp. 339-352, issn 1576-4184 [Crisis and Apocalypse. Notes towards an analysis of Scholem’s reflections on messianism]

- Spinoza [Introduzione e selezione antologica di testi], in M.C. Bartolomei, P. Caloni (eds.), Filosofia della Religione. Lineamenti Introduttivi. Con un’antologia di testi, Mimesis, Milan, 2015, pp. 101-105 [Spinoza. Introduction and Selection of Texts]

- Il riposo della terra. Anno sabbatico in terra d’Israele, «Equilibri: Rivista per lo sviluppo sostenibile», xix, 1 (2015), pp. 168-173, issn 1594-7580 [The Resting of the Land. Sabbatical Year in Israel]

- Decadenza del linguaggio e crisi del sionismo nel giovane Scholem, «Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio», viii, 2 (2014), pp. 171-181, issn 2036-6728 [Decadence of Language and Crisis of Zionism in the early Scholem]

- Sull’orlo dell’abisso: Scholem e Rosenzweig sulla lingua ebraica, «Rivista di Storia della Filosofia», 68, 2 (2013), pp. 305-320, issn 0393-2516 [On the edge of the abyss: Scholem and Rosenzweig on the Hebrew Language]

- Dossier Jesi. Lettere e Materiali (Furio Jesi, Gershom Scholem), a cura di A. Cavalletti ed E. Lucca, «Scienza & Politica», xxv, 48 (2013), pp. 103-109, issn 1825-9618 [Dossier Jesi. Letters and Materials (Furio Jesi, Gershom Scholem)]

- Gershom Scholem, On Franz Rosenzweig and his Familiarity with Kabbala Literature, edited by Enrico Lucca and Ashraf Noor, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, vi, 1 (2012), pp. 1-6, issn 1862-9148

- Gershom Scholem on Franz Rosenzweig and the Kabbalah. Introduction to the text, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, vi, 1 (2012), pp. 7-19, issn 1862-9148

- Gershom Scholem, On History and Philosophy of History, edited by Enrico Lucca and Ashraf Noor, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, v, 1-2 (December 2011), p. 1-7, issn 1862-9148

- Between History and Philosophy of History. Comments on an unpublished document by Gershom Scholem, «Naharaim»: Journal for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History, v, 1-2 (December 2011), pp. 8-16, issn 1862-9148

- La Scrittura in esilio. Ermeneutica e poetica in Edmond Jabès, Led: Il Filarete, Milan, 2011 (pp. 148) [Writing in Exile. Hermeneutics and Poetics in Edmond Jabès], isbn 978-8879165068

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Dr. Pawel Macjeko

Research Fellow 2004

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Pawel Macjeko was a post doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center in August/September 2000 and from January 2004 to September 2004. His research topic was titled "Frankism in Poland, Moravia and Germany in the 18th Century".

 

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Dr. Michael Mack

Research Fellow 2002-3

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Michael Mack was a Minerva Foundation Research Fellow from October 2002 to June 2003. His research topic was titled "German Idealism and the Jew". This research was published in 2010 in the monograph "Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity: The Hidden Enlightenment of Diversity from Spinoza to Freud" [Paperback].

 

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