Professor Stanley Nash Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) awarded Dr. Stanley Nash, Professor of Hebrew Literature at HUC-JIR/New York, with the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in the field of Hebrew and modern Israeli literature.  The presentation was made on May 3 at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremonies at Congregation Emanu-El in the City of New York. 

Rabbi Ellenson stated, “Professor Nash is a prolific author, whose writings have earned for him a unique place in the field of Hebrew and modern Israeli literature.  He is a conscientious teacher, who has given his students precious insights and an understanding of Zionism through the prism of Hebrew literature.  His prestigious honors and awards manifest his achievements and distinction.”    

Dr. Stanley Nash received his B.A. from Columbia College (1967) and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Mid-East Languages and Cultures (1972) and rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1967).  He has taught at HUC-JIR since 1978.

He is the author of In Search of Hebraism: Shai Hurwitz and His Polemics in the Hebrew Press, Migvan: Studies in Honor of Isaac Barzilay, and numerous articles on Hebrew literary figures, including S. Y. Agnon, Uri Tzvi Greenberg, Moshe Shamir, Shulamit Hareven, A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and Aharon Appelfeld.  He has also written about themes and trends, such as “Ahad Ha-am and Ahad Ha-amism: The Onset of Crisis, “The Hebraist Literary Centers of Berlin and Berne, Switzerland,” “Hebrew Language and Literature and the Beginnings of Jewish Resistance to the British,” and “The Aqedah in Hebrew Literature.”  In particular, he has written numerous articles about the Hebrew novelist Aharon Megged, among them “Aharon Megged’s ‘Burden’ in His Portrayals of the Effects of Israel’s Wars,” and “Authors and Women as Antiheroes in Aharon Megged’s Later Works.”  He has also published a translation of Y.L. Gordon’s epic lament about the plight of Jewish women, “Qotso shel Yud.” 

Dr. Nash has served on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Hebrew Studies, Modern Jewish Studies, Hadoar, The Jewish Book Annual, Mahut, Hebrew Annual Review, andZehut, and he was guest editor for two volumes of the CCAR Journal dealing with Modern Hebrew Literature. He has recently contributed entries to the forthcoming YIVO Encyclopedia of Eastern European Jewry and Brill Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World.

Over the years, he has received grants from the Baron, Kiev, Kaplun, Matz, Newman, and Littauer Foundations, the Histadruth Ivrit of America, American Philosophical Institute, American Academy for Jewish Research, and National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Nash has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew Studies.


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