“What is the Mishnah?” an International Zoom Workshop Sponsored by Harvard University

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, January 21, 2021 (All day)


On Zoom


Links to join the individual sessions are pasted below, please register in advance: 

(after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting) 

Panel 1: The Mishnah and History – Tuesday Jan 5, 2021 11:00AM – 1PM EST 

Shaye Cohen: Opening Remarks 

Martin Goodman:  The Presentation of the Past in the Mishnah 

Hayim Lapin: The Mishnah as a Historical Document 


Panel 2: The Mishnah in its Historical Context – Thursday, Jan 7, 2021 11:00 AM – 1PM EST 

Vered Noam: Mishnah and the Dead Sea Scrolls 

Catherine Hezser: Mishnah and Greco-Roman Law 

Jonathan Milgram: Mishnah and Ancient Near Eastern Law 


Panel 3: The Social World of the Mishnah – Tuesday January 12, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST 

Jonathan Klawans: Priests and Pietists

Adiel Schremer: Heretics

Ishai Rosen-Zvi: Gentiles 

Gail Labovitz: Women and Gender


Panel 4: The Mishnah in its Literary Context – Thursday January 14, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST 

Yair Furstenberg: The Literary Evolution of the Mishnah 

Shamma Friedman: Mishnah and Tosefta

Azzan Yadin-Israel: Mishnah and Tannaitic Midrash


Panel 5: Mishnaic Discourse – Monday January 18, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST 

Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal: Mishnaic Hebrew/Language

Beth Berkowitz: Rhetoric (including mahloket)

Moshe Shoshan: Narrative


Panel 6: Composition, Transmission and Reception – Tuesday January 19, 2021 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM EST 

David Stern: Early Transmission/Publication of the Mishnah

Uziel Fuchs: From the Geonim to the Age of Print

Chanan Gafni: From the Age of Print to the Nineteenth Century


Panel 7: The Mishnah and Judaism – Thursday January 21, 2021 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST 

Chaya Halberstam: Mishnah and Torah 

Sarit Gribetz:Holiness in the Mishnah

Naftali Cohn: Mishnah as Utopia



Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, Associate Professor, Department of Hebrew Language, Hebrew University 

Beth Berkowitz, Ingeborg Rennert Chair of Jewish Studies and Professor, Department of Religion, Barnard College  

Shaye JD Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University 

Naftali Cohn, Professor, Department of Religions and Cultures, Concordia University, Montreal 

Shamma Friedman, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary 

Uziel Fuchs, Senior lecturer Department of Oral Torah, Herzog College and Department of Talmud, Bar Ilan University 

Yair Furstenberg, Assistant Professor and Chair, Talmud Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Chanan Gafni, Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev  

Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies, Fellow of Wolfson College, and Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford 

Sarit Gribetz, Associate Professor of Classical Judaism, Department of Theology, Fordham University 

Chaya Halberstam, Associate Professor of Judaism, Department of Religious Studies, King’s University College at Western University, Canada 

Catherine Hezser, Professor of Jewish Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London  

Jonathan Klawans, Professor of Religion, Department of Religion, Boston University 

Gail Labovitz, Professor of Rabbinic Studies, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University 

Hayim Lapin, Robert H Smith Professor of Jewish Studies and History and Director of the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland 

Vered Noam, Professor of Talmud, Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud, Tel Aviv University 

Jonathan Milgram, Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Department of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary 

Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Professor of Rabbinic Literature, Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud, Tel-Aviv University 

Adiel Schremer, Professor of Jewish History, The Israel & Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar Ilan University 

Moshe Shoshan, Senior Lecturer, The Joseph and Norman Berman Department of Literature of the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University 

David Stern, Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University 

Azzan Yadin-Israel, Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Jewish Studies, Rutgers University 

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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1 Response to “What is the Mishnah?” an International Zoom Workshop Sponsored by Harvard University

  1. droytenberg says:

    Looks very interesting. I’ve signed up for today’s session at the last minute. Still waiting for a reply.

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