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Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature
Alyssa Gray, JD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature. She holds a BA from Barnard College (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa), and earned law degrees from Columbia University (JD) and the Hebrew University (LLM). She also received her BA, MPhil, and PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has held visiting professorships at Yale University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Areas of Expertise
Formation of Talmudic literature
Wealth, poverty, and charity in classical rabbinic literature
Medieval Jewish legal literature
Application of legal theory to medieval Jewish legal literature
A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah On the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah (Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2005).
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Studies in Mediaeval Halakhah in Honor of Stephen M. Passamaneck. Special Issue of Jewish Law Association Studies (Jewish Law Association Studies XVII: 2007). Co-edited with Bernard S. Jackson.
Articles and Book Chapters:
“Jewish Ethics of Speech.” To be included in Elliot Dorff and Jonathan Crane, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, forthcoming.
“Poverty and Community in R. Joseph Karo’s Shulhan Arukh: “Law and Literature” and Halakhic History.” Diné Israel, forthcoming vol. 29 (2012).
“Jewish Law.” Cambridge History of Judaism, vol. 6, forthcoming.
“Redemptive Almsgiving and the Rabbis of Late Antiquity.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 18:2 (2011): 144-184.
“The Formerly-Wealthy Poor: From Empathy to Ambivalence in Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity.” AJS Review 33:1 (April, 2009): 101-133.
“Married Women and Tsedaqah in Medieval Jewish Law: Gender and the Discourse of Legal Obligation.” Pages 168-212 of Alyssa Gray and Bernard Jackson, eds., Studies in Mediaeval Halakhah in Honor of Stephen M. Passamaneck (Jewish Law Association Studies XVII; Liverpool, UK: Deborah Charles, 2007).
“A Bavli Sugya and Its Two Yerushalmi Parallels: Issues of Literary Relationship and Redaction.” Pages 35-77 of New Methods in Reading Rabbinic Literature: Hermeneutical Limits and Possibilities. Edited by Matthew A. Kraus. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2006.
“The Power Conferred By Distance From Power: Redaction and Meaning In b. AZ 10a-11a.” Pages 23-69 of Creation and Composition: The Contribution of the Bavli Redactors (Stammaim) to the Aggada. Edited by Jeffrey L. Rubenstein.Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005.
“A Contribution to the Study of Martyrdom and Identity in the Palestinian Talmud.” Journal for Jewish Studies 54:2 (Autumn 2003): 242-272.
“Halacha and Law.” Co-authored with Bernard Jackson (University of Manchester), Berachyahu Lifshitz (Hebrew University), and Daniel B. Sinclair. Included in the edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).
Peer-Reviewed Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries
“Talmud, Jerusalem.” The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture, ed. Judith Baskin (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 584.
“Amoraim.” Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd ed. 2:89-95 (2007).
“Johanan b. Nappaha.” Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd ed. 11:370-372 (2007). With Stephen G. Wald.
On-Line Scholarship (Peer-Reviewed)
“Law and Rhetoric in Tosafot,” on Ancient Traditions, New Conversations, the Jewish Law and Legal Theory Blog of the Center for the Study of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School (February, 2011).
“Law and Rhetoric in Tosafot, Part II (parts 1 and 2),” on Ancient Traditions, New Conversations (October, 2011).
Scholarship for the Scholarly Non-Specialist (Not Peer-Reviewed)
“The Sin of Enabling Another’s Sin: The Evolution of a Halakhah in Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity.” G’vanim: The Academic Journal of the Academy for Jewish Religion 6:1 (May 2010): 1-27.
“‘The Ministering Angels Told Me’: Bavli Nedarim 20a-b And Its Medieval Interpreters.” Pages 31-81 of Sexual Issues in Jewish Law. Edited by Walter Jacob (with Moshe Zemer). Pittsburgh, PA: Rodef Shalom Press, 2006.
Scholarship for a Wider Audience
“Medieval Commentators.” Included in My People’s Passover Haggadah (ed. Lawrence A. Hoffman and David A. Arnow; Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2008).
“Our Talmudic Heritage.” Included in volumes 6-10 of My People’s Prayer Book (ed. Lawrence A. Hoffman; Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2002-2007).
“Post-Biblical Interpretation: Parashat Korah.” The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. Ed. Tamara Eskanazi and Andrea L. Weiss (New York: URJ Press, 2008).
“Post-Biblical Interpretation: Parashat V’Etchanan.” The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. Ed. Tamara Eskanazi and Andrea L. Weiss (New York: URJ Press, 2008).
Service to the Profession
Blogger, Jewish Law and Legal Theory Blog of the Center for Jewish Law at Cardozo Law School (Sept. 2010 to present).
Co-chair, History and Literature of Early Rabbinic Judaism Section of the Society for Biblical Literature (November, 2009 to present).
Affiliated Scholar, Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization (Cardozo Law School) (2008-present).
Member, Editorial Board, Hebrew Union College Annual (Sept. 2002 to present).
Sub-Editor, Review of Religious Studies (Early Judaism Section) (2006-2008).
Member, Board of Women’s Caucus of the Association for Jewish Studies (Dec. 2003 to Dec. 2007).
Article reviewer, Journal of Law and Religion; Jewish Quarterly Review; Mo’ed—Annual for Jewish Studies; Harvard Theological Review.