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Shaul Magid

Professor, Department of Religious Studies

The Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Chair, Jewish Studies in Modern Judaism

Contact

smagid@indiana.edu
Sycamore Hall, Rm. 225

Education

Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1994

Research Interests

Professional Biography

My teaching focuses primarily on Kabbala, Hasidism, Judaism and gender, Israel/Palestine, and American Jewish thought and culture. Areas of interest and research include sixteenth century Kabbala, Hasidism, American Judaism, and contemporary conceptions of Jewish religiosity. I am the author of Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism in Izbica and Radzin Hasidism (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbala (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008) which was awarded the 2008 American Academy of Religion Award for best book in religion in the textual studies category, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013) and Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2014). I am the editor of God's Voice from the Void: Old and New Essays on Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (SUNY Press, 2001), and co-editor of Beginning Again: Toward a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts (Seven Bridges Press, 2002). My present book projects include American Jewish Survivalism: Meir Kahane and the Politics of Pride, Certainty and Doubt in the Jewish Pietistic Tradition, and The Jesus Jesus of Volozhin: Elias Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the New Testament (Academic Studies Press). I am also the series editor for “Post-Rabbinic Judaisms” for Academic Studies Press. I am an elected member of The American Society for the Study of Religion. My topical essays on religion and politics have appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Zeek Magazine, Religion Dispatches, Open Zion, and Moment Magazine. In 2015-2016 I will be a fellow at The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and senior research fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute of America.

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights

Books

Hasidism Incarnate (Stanford University Press, 2014)

American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013)

From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbala (Indiana University Press, 2008)

Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism (Modern Jewish Philosophy and Religion) (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005)

Articles

“”Anti-Semitism as Colonialism: Meir Kahane’s ‘Ethics of Violence’” Journal of Jewish Ethics 1.2 (Summer, 2015): 231-261

“Jewish Arianism: The Pre-Existence of the Zaddik in Early Hasidism,” Kabbalah and Time, Brian Ogren, ed. (Leiden, Brill, 2015)

“Allegory Unbound: Rav Kook, Rabbi Akiva, Song of Songs, and the Rabbinic (Anti) Hero,” Kabbalah (in press)

“Jewish Kabbalah: Hayyim Vital’s Shaarei Kedushah,” (annotated translation and introduction) in Louis Komjathy ed. Contemplative Literature: A Comparative Sourcebook on Meditation and Contemplative Prayer (SUNY Press, forthcoming)

“Butler Trouble: Zionism, Excommunication and the Reception of Judith Butler’s Work on Israel/Palestine,” Studies in American Jewish Literature 33.2 (2104): 237-259

“Doubt and Certainty in Contemporary Jewish Piety,” in Jewish Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron Hughes eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 205-228

"The American Jewish Holocaust ‘Myth’ and ‘Negative Judaism’: Jacob Neusner’s Contribution to American Judaism,” in A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner, A. Avery Peck, B. Chilton, W.S. Green and G.G. Porton (Leiden, Brill, 2014), 321-340

“The Divine/Human Messiah and Religious Deviance: Rethinking Chabad Messianism,” in Rethinking the Messianic Idea in Judaism: Historical, Philosophical and Literary Perspectives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014), 316-354

“Is There an American Jewish Fundamentalism Part I: Habad” in David Watt and Simon Wood eds. Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History (Charleston, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2014), 70-91

“Is There an American Jewish Fundamentalism Part II: Satmar,” in David Watt and Simon Wood eds. Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History (Charleston, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2014), 92-107

“The Holocaust and Jewish Identity in America: Memory, the Unique, and the Universal,” Jewish Social Studies 18-2 (Winter, 2013): 100-135

“God is Already Not One: The Postmonotheistic Turn in Contemporary Jewish Theology in America,” [in Hebrew] Ruah Haaretz 1 (Sept. 2012), 49-52

“From Sainthood to Selfhood in American Judaism: ArtScroll’s New Jewish Hero and Jewish Renewal’s Functional Rebbe,” Modern Judaism (October, 2012): 270-291

“Hasidism, Mithnagdism, and Contemporary American Judaism,” in The Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy, Martin Kavka and David Novak eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2012), 280-310

“The King is Dead (and has been for three decades), Long Live the King”: Contemporary Kabbalah and Scholem’s Shadow,” Jewish Quarterly Review (Winter 2012): 131-153

“Early Hasidism and the Metaphysics of Malkhut in Yaakov (Lifhitz) Koppel’s Shaarei Gan Eden, Kabbalah 27 (2012), 245-268

“Brother Where Art Thou?”: Reflections on Jesus in Martin Buber and the Hasidic Master R. Shmuel Bornstein of Sochacze,” German-Jewish Thought: Between Religion and Politics, Christian Wiese, Martina Urban eds. (Gottingen: Walter de Gruyter Press, 2012), 209-240

"The Politics of (un) Conversion: The 'Mixed Multitude' (erev rav) as Conversos in Rabbi Hayyim Vital's Etz Ha-Da'at Tov," Jewish Quarterly Review (2005)

"Rainbow Hasidism in America—The Maturation of Jewish Renewal—A Review Essay," The Reconstructionist (Spring, 2004): 34-60

"Is Egalitarianism Heresy: Re-Thinking Gender on the Margins of Judaism" Nashim 8 (Fall, 2004)

"Judaism and Reconciliation" Concilium: Reconciliation in a World of Conflicts, 2003-5 (forthcoming)

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For links to numerous topical and scholarly articles and essays please visit my blog "Radical Banjo."

 

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