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David Levine, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Talmud and Halacha, Jerusalem


Israel Rabbinical Program, Jerusalem; Year-In-Israel Program, Jerusalem
Academic Field: 
Rabbinics and Liturgy; History

Dr. Levine is Associate Professor of Talmud and Halacha at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. He was born in New York and his family immigrated to Israel in 1971. 

He was ordained at the Seminary of Judaic Studies in Jerusalem in 1989, earned his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1998, his M.A. in Talmud from the Hebrew University in 1991, his M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1990, and his B.A. in Jewish History and Talmud from the Hebrew University in 1986.  At the Hebrew University, he held the Golda Meir Fellowship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Scholarship, Avraham Yehudah Urbach Award, and Warburg Scholarship.

Dr. Levine first joined the HUC-JIR/Jerusalem faculty as a part-time Lecturer in Talmud in 2000.  He also taught Talmud, Jewish history, and Rabbinics at several other institutions, including the Hebrew University, Seminary of Judaic Studies (Schechter Institute) in Jerusalem, and Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Between Leadership and Marginality: Models for Evaluating the Role of the Rabbis in the Early Centuries CE, Jewish Identities in Antiquity: Studies in Memory of Menahem Stern (eds. Lee I. Levine & Daniel R. Schwartz), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009, pp. 195-209.

‘Is Talmudic Biography Still Possible?’, Jewish Studies 46 (2009), pp. 41-64 (Hebrew).

‘Rabbis, Preachers, and Aggadists: an Aspect of Jewish Culture in Third and Fourth Century Palestine’, ‘Follow the Wise’ - Festschrift for Lee I.A. Levine (eds. Z. Weiss, O. Irshai, J. Magness & S. Schwartz), New York: Jewish Theological Seminary and Eisenbrauns, 2010, pp. 272-294.

‘Non-academic Aspects of Torah-study’, Proceedings of the Ninth Conference on Rabbinic Thought: Spirituality in Rabbinic Thought (ed. A. Goshen-Gottstein). (accepted for publication)

‘Rabbi Judah the Patriarch and the Boundaries of Palestinian Cities - A Literary-Historical Study’, Cathedra 138 (December, 2010), pp. 7-42 (Hebrew).