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Professor David Assaf
Department of Jewish History, Tel-Aviv University

 


Teaches in the following subject areas:

The Traditional Jewish Society in Eastern Europe, 18th-19th Centuries
The History of Hasidic Movement
Family and Everyday Life in Eastern European Jewish Society
The Jewish Book Shelf
- The History of the Jews through their Books
Hasidism and Haskalah in East European Hebrew Memoir Literature
The Controversy between Hasidim and Mithnagdim
Small, Narrow and Warm? The Cheder and the Education of Children in Eastern European Jewish Society
What I have Seen: The Memoir Literature of Eastern European Jews
The Eastern European Shtetl: History, Memory and Image

Education, Academic and Professional Experience

1987-1992 Department of Jewish History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Ph.D.

(Summa cum Laude with Distinction)

A. Tel-Aviv University

Since 2011      The Sir Isaac Wolfson Chair of Jewish Studies

Since 2005      Full Professor in the Department of Jewish History

2004-2010       Director of the Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations

2004-2007      Chair of the Department of Jewish History

2000-2005       Associate Professor in the Department of Jewish History

1996-2000       Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History

1994-1996       Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History

1998-2003       Director of the Unit for Research on the History of Polish Jewry, the Diaspora Research Center

 

B. Academic and Public Boards

2009-2013     The Executive Committee of the World Union of Jewish Studies

2004-2007      The Executive Committee of the Historical Society of Israel

Since 2001      The Council of the World Union of Jewish Studies

The Executive Committee of Beth Shalom Aleichem

Since 1995      The Board of the Historical Society of Israel and the Public Council of the Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History

1979-1994     General Secretary of the World Union of Jewish Studies and a secretary of the World Congress of Jewish Studies (the Eighth Congress [1981]; the Ninth Congress [1985]; the Tenth Congress [1989]; the Eleventh Congress [1993])

 

C. Academic Editorial Boards

Since 2008       The Editorial board of Contemporary Jewry

Since 2004       Associate editor of Gal-Ed: Annual for the History and Culture of Polish Jewry

Since 2002       Publications Committee, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History

Editor of the section 'Hasidism' in Jews in Eastern Europe: The YIVO Encyclopedia

Since 2001       The Editorial Board of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry

The Advisory Board of Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia: Studies in Jewish History, Culture and Religion ( Kraków, Poland)

1998-2003       Editor of the series Mivhar: Studies and Sources in the History and Culture of East European Jewry

1993-2003       The Editorial Board of Gal-ed: On the History of the Jews in Poland

1990-1995        Editor of the annual Jewish Studies



Scientific Publications

 

A.    Books and Monographs

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1. Derekh ha-Malkhut: Rabbi Israel me-Ruzhin u-Mekomo be-Toldot Ha-Hasidut Jerusalem, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 1997, 544 pp. (Heb.).

   Reviews

 

 


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2. Ma sheraiti: Zikhronotav shel Yekhezkel Kotik, Vol. 1 (What I have Seen: The Memoirs of Yekhezkel Kotik, Vol. 1) Edited and translated into Hebrew from the Yiddish with an introduction, appendices and extended footnotes, The Diaspora Research Institute, Tel Aviv University, 1998, 413 + IX pp. (Heb.).

   Full Text (Ben-Yehuda Project)

   Reviews


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3. Bratslav: An Annotated Bibliography - Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, His Life and Teachings, the Literary Legacy of His Disciples, Bratslav Hasidism in Its Context, Compiled and edited by David Assaf, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History: Jerusalem 2000, XXII+291 pp. (Heb.).

   Reviews

   Update No. 1 (July 2006)          Titles Index to Update No. 1          Names Index to Update No. 1

 

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4. Regal Way - The Life and Times of Rabbi Israel of Ruzhin Stanford University Press, California, 2002, 456 pp.

 

Google Books

Reviews


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5. Journey to a Nineteenth-Century Shtetl: The Memoirs of Yekhezkel Kotik, Edited with an introduction and notes by David Assaf, Wayne State University Press, Michigan 2002, 540 pp.

 

Google Books

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6. Na ve-Nad: Zikhronotav shel Yekhezkel Kotik [A Vagabond: The Memoirs of Yechezkel Kotik], Volume II, Edited and Translated into Hebrew from the Yiddish with an Introduction by David Assaf, Tel Aviv: The Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University and Beth Shalom Aleichem, 2005, 290+IX pp. (Heb.).

 

Sample chapters (Hebrew)

Reviews

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7. Caught in the Thicket: Chapters of Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidism, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History 2006, 384 pp. (Heb.).

 

Table of Contents

Reviews

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8. Untold Tales of the Hasidim: Crisis and Discontent in the History of Hasidism, Brandeis University Press, Waltham MA, 2010 (364 pp.)

Excerpts

   Contents

   Preface

   Introduction

   Chapter 1: “Lies My Teacher Told Me”: Hasidic History as a Battlefield

Reviews

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9. Itzik Manger, Songs of the Megillah (Megile-lider), A New Hebrew-Yiddish Edition Translated and Annotated by David Assaf, Illustrated by Noam Nadav, Xargol Books 2010, 216 pp. (Hebrew and Yiddish).

 

Table of Contents and Introduction

Fastrigosse Dreams

Mordecai the Intercessor

Haman Telephones Vaizatha at the Newspaper Office

 

Reviews and Interviews

 

“Queen Esther Can’t Sleep” (Nine Parts): Concert Performance of the Songs of the Megillah in the National Library, Jerusalem (30 March 2011)

Beguiled by Knowledge

 

10. Beguiled by Knowledge: Anatomy of a Hasidic Controversy, Tel Aviv: University of Haifa Press, Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books, 2012, 550 pp. (In Hebrew).

 

Table of Contents

Abstract

Announcement of Bahat Prize Winner for 2010

Bahat Prize Ceremony 2010

Reviews


B. Text Books

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1. The World of Torah In Poland , Tel Aviv, The Open University of Israel, 1990, 110 pp.; Unit 5-6 in the course: Polin - The Jews of Eastern Europe: History and Culture.

Russian Translation: Tel Aviv, The Open University of Israel, 1992, (85 pp.); 1995, pp. 97-238.

 

C.     Articles

1.         "‘Let's Thank the Crooks’: On the Shaping of Charity Stories in the World of the Sages," in: Iturim: Studies in Honor of Moshe Krone, Torah Education Department of the World Zionist Organization: Jerusalem 1986, pp. 248-262 (Heb.).

2. "From Volhynia to Safed: Rabbi Abraham Dov of Ovruch as a Hasidic Leader in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century," Shalem - Studies in the History of the Jews in Eretz Israel, 6 (1992), pp. 223-279 (Heb.).

3. "The Expansion of Hasidism: The Case of Rabbi Nehemia Yehiel of Bychawa," in: I. Bartal, E. Mendelsohn and C. Turniansky (eds.), Studies in Jewish Culture in Honour of Chone Shmeruk, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 1993, pp. 269-298 (Heb.).

4. "The Metamorphosis of Zanav (Tail) from Hasidic Courts to Israeli Slang," Leshonenu La’am, 44, 2 (1993), pp. 73-79 (Heb.; with Israel Bartal).

5. "Yesod Ha-Ma'ala: A New Chapter in the Historiography of Hasidism in Eretz Israel,"; Cathedra: For the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv, 68 (1993), pp. 57-66 (Heb.).

6. "Intercession and Orthodoxy: The Zaddikim of Poland Encounter the Modern Times," in: I. Bartal, R. Elior and C. Shmeruk (eds.), Hasidism in Poland, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem, 1994, pp. 65-90 (Heb.; with Israel Bartal).

7. "Hasidism in Poland in the Nineteenth Century: The State of Research and Bibliographic Survey," in: I. Bartal, R. Elior and C. Shmeruk (eds.), Hasidism in Poland, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem, 1994, pp. 357-379 (Heb.).

8. "‘The Causeless Hatred is Ongoing’: The Struggle against Bratslav Hasidism in the 1860s," Zion - A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History, 59 (1994), pp. 465-506 (Heb.).

9. "The Historical Background of Rabbi Israel of Ruzhin's Settlement in Sadagura," Studia Judaica, 3, Cluj-Napoca 1994, pp. 67-77.

10. "Nineteenth Century Hebrew Terms for Realia in the Literature of New Immigrants: a. Mangal," Leshonenu La'am, 46, 2 (1995), pp. 75-83; "… b. The Sephardic Pronunciation," ibid., 46, 3 (1995), pp. 106-111 (Heb.).

11. "‘The Holy Community of Sadagora Herald’: An Unknown Anti-Hasidic Satire," Qesher, 17, (1995), pp. 117-124 (Heb.).

12. "‘Polish Hasidism’ or ‘Hasidism in Poland’: On the Problem of Hasidic Geography," GAL-ED - On the History of the Jews in Poland, 14 (1995), pp. 197-206 (Heb.).

13. "The Lithuanian Yeshiva (Review of the book by S. Stampfer)," Zion: A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History, 60 (1995), pp. 480-486 (Heb.).

14. "‘The Rumor was Spread that the Messiah has Already Come’: New Light on the Aliyah of Hasidim in the Year 1777," Zion, 61 (1996), pp. 319-346 (Heb.).

    14a. Rejoinder: ‘Light in the Darkness,’ Zion, 62 (1997), pp. 283-288 (Heb.).

15. "‘My Small and Ugly World’: The Confession of Rabbi Yitzhak Nahum Twersky of Shpykiv," Alpayim - A Multidisciplinary Publication for Contemporary Thought and Literature, 14 (1997), pp. 49-79 (Heb.)

16.
A Panic Marriage in Eastern Europe: A Chapter from Yechezkel Kotik's Memoirs,Et ha-Da'at, 2 (1998), pp. 63-74 (Heb.).

17. "‘Money for Household Expenses’: Economic Aspects of the Hasidic Courts," in: Scripta Hierosolymitana, Vol.38: A.Teller (ed.), Studies in the History of the Jews in Old Poland in Honor of Jacob Goldberg, The Magnes Press, Jerusalem 1998, pp. 14-50.

18. "‘A World of Fire’: Aaron Ze'ev Aescoly and his 'Hasidism in Poland'," Introduction to a New Edition of A.Z. Aescoly, Hasidism in Poland, The Center for the Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jews, The Hebrew University, The Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 1998, pp. 9-22 (Heb.). Second revised edition: Jerusalem 2000.

19. "‘My Beloved friend, The Magid of Dubno’: Letters of Ridicule in the Style of the 'Revealer of Secrets' Exchanged between Shalom Aleichem and Simon Dubnov," Chulyot - Journal of Yiddish Research, 5 (1999), pp 61-107 (Heb.).
 
20. "‘Who Believes Not in the Great Leaders of the Time’: The Hasidic Struggle over the Honor of the Book Or ha-Hayyim and Its Historical Significance," in: D. Assaf, J. Dan and I. Etkes (eds.), Studies in Hasidism - Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, 15, Jerusalem 1999, pp. 125-149 (Heb.).

21. "One Event, Two Interpretations: The Fall of the Seer of Lublin in Hasidic Memory and Maskilic Satire," in: I. Etkes et al. (eds.), Within Hasidic Circles: Studies in Hasidism in Memory of Mordecai Wilensky, The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem, 1999, pp. 161-208 (Heb.).

22. "The Library of Gershom Scholem on Jewish Mysticism (Review of the catalogue edited by J. Dan and E. Liebes)," Zion: A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History, 65 (2000), pp. 249-254 (Heb.).

23. "Leadership and Inheritance of Leadership in Nineteenth Century Hasidism," in: Hana Amit (ed.), On Leadership and Leaders, Ministry of Defence, Tel Aviv, 2000, pp. 59-72 (in Heb.).

24. "Apostate or Saint? In the Footsteps of Moshe, the Son of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Lyady," Zion: A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History, 65 (2000), pp. 453-515 (in Heb.).

25. "Der königliche Hof und seine Mitglieder: Ein kleiner Staat im Staate," in: Gabriele Kohlbauer-Fritz (ed.), Zwischen Ost und West: Galizische Juden und Wien, Jüdisches Museum Wien, Vienna, 2000, pp. 38-56.

26. "Upadek Widzącego z Lublina: Jedno wydarzenie, dwie interpretacje," Duchowość Żydowska w Polsce, Kraków, 2000, pp. 123-140.

27. "Un petit État dans un grand État: la courroyalehassidique au XIXe sičcle," Les cahiers du judaďsme, 8 (2000), pp. 37-53.

28. "Historical and Social Aspects in the Study of Hasidism," in: D. Assaf (ed.), Zaddik and Devotees: Historical and Social Aspects of Hasidism, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 2001, pp. 9-32 (in Heb.).

29. "The World of Torah in Poland during 16th-17th Centuries," in: I. Bartal and I. Gutman, The Broken Chain: Polish Jewry through the Age, II, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 2001, pp. 69-111 (Heb.).

30. "Hayyim Chemerinsky and His My Town Motele," Introduction to a New Edition of Chemerinsky book My Town Motele, The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2002, pp. 7-30 (Heb.).

31. "From Enemy to Friend: Rabbi Akiva Shalom Chayeth's Path from Mithnaged to Hasid," in: D. Assaf et al. (eds.), From Vilna to Jerusalem: Shmuel Werses Jubilee Volume, The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2002, pp. 43-70 (Heb.).

32. "One Event, Two Interpretations: The Fall of the Seer of Lublin in Hasidic Memory and Maskilic Satire," Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 15 (2002), pp. 187-202.

33. "Hasidism and Philosophy: The World of Rabbi Menachem Nahum Friedman of Iţcani," Alpayim: A Multidisciplinary Publication for Contemporary Thought and Literature, 26 (2004), pp. 129-165 (Heb.).

 34. "Chone Shmeruks The Call for a Prophet and Shtetls and Cities"<Review Essay>, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 17 (2004), pp. 413-419.

 35. "A Dreamer with Eyes Open: The Shtetl in the Memoirs of Pinchas Govrin," Introduction to his book We Were as Dreamers: A Family Saga, Jerusalem: Carmel, 2005, pp. 17-24 (Heb.).

 36. "Enemies – Love Story? Research of the Interrelationship between Hasidism and Haskalah," in: I. Bartal and S. Feiner (eds.), The Varieties of Haskalah, The Hebrew University Magnes Press (2005), pp. 183-200 (Heb.).

37. "A Messianic Vision among Hasidim in Volhynia," GAL-ED: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, 20 (2006), pp. 39-54 (Heb.).

 

38. "The Teachings of Dov Ber the Maggid of Mezritch in Solomon Maimons Autobiography," Zion, 71 (2006), pp. 99-101 (Heb.).

 

39. "My Tiny, Ugly World: The Confession of Rabbi Yitzhak Nahum Twersky of Shpikov," Contemporary Jewry, 26 (2006), pp. 1-34.

 

40. "Chasydyzm: zarys historii", MIchał Galas (ed.), Światło i słońce: Studia z dziejów chasydzmu, Kraków 2006, pp. 11-38.

 

41. ‘Le buone notizie: una visione messianica tra gli chassidim di Volinia, Geri Cerchiai and Giovanni Rota (eds.), Ebraismo e cultura occidentale agli inizi del XX secolo, Milano 2008,

 pp. 27-43.

 

42. Vagues de violence contre les hassidim de Bratslav, Les cahiers du judaďsme, 24 (2008), pp. 28-37.

 

43. David Assaf and Esther Liebes (eds.), The Latest Phase: Essays on Hasidism by Gershom Scholem, Jerusalem: Am Oved and The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2008.

      12 signed bibliographical appendices (Heb).

 

44. ‘ “A Heretic Who has No Faith in the Great Ones of the Age”: The Clash Over the Honor of Or Ha-Hayyim, Modern Judaism, 29, 2 (May 2009), pp. 194-225.

 

45. ‘Immanuel Etkes: Bibliography,’ David Assaf and Ada Rapoport-Albert (eds.), Let the Old Make Way for the New: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Eastern European Jewry Presented to Immanuel Etkes, Vol. I: Hasidism and the Musar Movement, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2009, pp. 41-53.

 

46. ‘ “A Girl! He Ought to be Whipped”: The Hasid as Homo Ludens,’ David Assaf and Ada Rapoport-Albert (eds.), Let the Old Make Way for the New: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Eastern European Jewry Presented to Immanuel Etkes, Vol. I: Hasidism and the Musar Movement, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2009, pp. 121-150 (Heb.).

 

47. ‘ “Small and Cozy”? The Song Oyfn pripetshik and the Transformation of the Image of the Heder,’ David Assaf and Immanuel Etkes (eds.), The Heder: Studies, Documents, Literature and Memoirs, Tel Aviv: The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center and Beth Shalom Aleichem 2009, pp. 111-130 (Heb.).

 

48. ‘The Bernyu of Leova Affair and the Tsanz-Sadigura Controversy: An Annotated Bibliography’, Rachel Elior (ed.), ‘New Old Things’: Myths, Mysticism and Controversies, Philosophy and Halacha, Faith and Ritual in Jewish Thought through the Ages, II (Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, 23 (2011), pp. 407-481 (Heb.).

 

49. Давид Асаф и Гади Сагив, Хасидизм в царской России: исторические и социальные аспекты, И. Барталь, И. Лурье (ред.), История еврейского народа в России. Т.2: От разделов Польши до падения Российской империи, 1772-1917, Москва: Иерусалим, 2012. С. 101-146.

 

50. David Assaf and Gadi Sagiv, “Hasidism in Czarist Russia: Historical and Social Aspects,” Ilia Lurie (ed.), History of the Jews in Russia, II: From the Partitions of Poland to the Fall of the Russian Empire, 1772-1917, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2012, pp. 75-112 (Heb.).

 

51. Mordechai Nadav (1920-2011),’ GAL-ED: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, 23 (2012), pp. 205-209 (Heb.).

 

52. ‘Mendel Piekarz (1922-2011): Bibliography,’ GAL-ED: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, 23 (2012), pp. 225-234 (Heb.).

 

53. ‘Isaac Baer Levinsohn (RIBAL) Meets Abraham Joshua Heschel of Apt: A Study in Polemic Memory Traditions,’ Israel Bartal et. al. (eds.), Studies in Ashkenazi Culture, Women’s History, and the Languages of the Jews Presented to Chava Turniansky,  Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2013, pp. 247-269 (Heb.).

 

54. David Assaf and Gadi Sagiv, ‘Hasidism in Tsarist Russia: Historical and Social Aspects’, Jewish History, 27 (2013), pp. 241-269.

 

D. Encyclopedias Entries

1. Belz Hasidic Dynasty’, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 145-146.

2. "Hasidism: Historical Overview," The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 659-670.

       Hebrew version

 

3. ‘Informers’, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 805-806.


4. Kotik, Yekhezkl, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 931-932.

 

5. Ruzhin Hasidic Dynasty’, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 1639-1640.

 

6. Sandz Hasidic Dynasty’, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 1661-1662.

 

7. Shapira Family’, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 1701-1702. 

8. Yisra’el of Ruzhin, The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press, 2008, pp. 2087-2088.

 

E. EDITING

1. Proceedings of the World Congress of Jewish Studies:

   a) Proceedings of the Sixth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Vol. IV, Jerusalem 1980 (with Avigdor Shinan).

   b) Proceedings of the Seventh World Congress of Jewish Studies, Vols. II-IV, Jerusalem 1981.

   c) Proceedings of the Eighth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Vols. I-IV, Jerusalem 1982; Panel Sessions: Bible Studies and Hebrew Language, Jerusalem 1983; Panel Sessions: Jewish History, Jerusalem 1984.

   d) Proceedings of the Ninth World Congress of Jewish Studies, 7 Vols., Jerusalem 1987; Panel Sessions: Bible Studies and Ancient Near East; Panel Sessions: Hebrew and Aramaic Languages, Jerusalem 1988.

    e) Proceedings of the Tenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, 7 Vols., Jerusalem 1990.

    f) Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies, 9 Vols., Jerusalem 1994.

 2. Newsletter of the World Union of Jewish Studies, 14 Vols., from no. 14-15 (1979) through no. 29 (1989).

 3. Jewish Studies: Forum of the World Union of Jewish Studies, 6 Vols., from no. 30 (1990) through no. 35 (1995).

 4. Ephraim Elimelech Urbach: A Bio-Bibliography, Supplement to Jewish Studies, Vol. 1 (1993).

 5. D. Assaf, I. Bartal and I. Etkes (eds.), Polin: The Jews of Eastern Europe, History and Culture. Academic course in Jewish History at the Open University of Israel. Course of 12 learning units, Tel Aviv 1990-1998.

 


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6. "‘A World of Fire’: Aaron Ze'ev Aescoly and his 'Hasidism in Poland'," Introduction to a New Edition of Aaron Zeev Aescoly, Hasidism in Poland, The Center for the Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jews, The Hebrew University, The Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 1998; Second revised edition: Jerusalem 2000.

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 7. D. Assaf, J. Dan and I. Etkes (eds.), Studies in Hasidism: Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, XV, Jerusalem 1999


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8. I. Etkes, D. Assaf, I. Bartal and E. Reiner (eds.), Within Hasidic Circles: Studies in Hasidism in Memory of Mordecai Wilensky, The Bialik Institute: Jerusalem 1999.

 

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 9. D. Assaf, I. Bartal and I. Etkes (eds.), Whither? New Trends among East European Jews. Academic course in Jewish History at the Open University of Israel. Course of 6 learning units, of which 1 unit have already been published, Tel Aviv 2000.


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10. D. Assaf (ed.), Zaddik and Devotees: Historical and Social Aspects of Hasidism, The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, Jerusalem, 2001.


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11. Hayyim Chemerinsky, My Town Motele, (new edition, including introduction), The Center for Research on the History and Culture of Polish Jews, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press: 2002.

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12. D. Assaf et al. (eds.), Studies in East European Jewish History and Culture in Honor of Professor Shmuel Werses, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2002.

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13. David Engel (editor), David Assaf and Elchanan Reiner (associate editors) GAL-ED: On the History and Culture of Polish Jewry, 20 (2006), 21 (2007).

 

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 14.  David Assaf and Esther Liebes (eds.), The Latest Phase: Essays on Hasidism by Gershom Scholem, Jersualem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Am Oved Publishers, 2008, XIV+420 pp.

     Table of Contents and Preface

     Reviews

 

 

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 15. David Assaf and Ada Rapoport-Albert (eds.), Let the Old Make Way for the New: Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Eastern European Jewry Presented to Immanuel Etkes, 2 Vols., Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2009.

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16. David Assaf and Immanuel Etkes (eds.), The Heder: Studies, Documents, Literature and Memoirs, Tel Aviv: The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center and Beth Shalom Aleichem 2009.

       Reviews

 

 Popular Publications

1. In Memory of Three Scholars of the Hasidic Movement, Jewish Studies, 31 (1991), pp. 109-111 (Hebrew)
       
In memory of Haim Liberman, Wolf Zeev Rabinowitch and Zvi Meir Rabinovitz

2.
Is it Permitted to Change a Tombstones Text?, Haaretz, 18 October 1992 (Hebrew)
       
On Arie Aharonis translation of Shalom Aleichem
s Funem yarid (From the Fair)

3.
The Rebbe Was Framed, The Jerusalem Report, 17 December 1992, pp. 46-47
       
On Yehoshua Mondshines Kerem Habad, vol. 4

4.
Robbers of Memory, Haaretz, 17 February 1995 (Hebrew)
       
On the Ultra-Orthodox claims against nudity in photographs in Yad va-Shem

5.
‘“The Laws of Forbidden Intercourse and more, Haaretz, 10 March 1995 (Hebrew)
       
On problems in the Hebrew translation of David Biales Eros and the Jews

6.
Who is a Jewish Knesset Member, Haaretz, 18 August 1995 (Hebrew)
       
On racism in the Knesset

7.
Betrayal of Our Beliefs, Haaretz, 10 November 1995 (Hebrew)
       
On the crisis within religious Zionism

8.
Shabbes, At Least in Our Neighborhood, Haaretz, 1 November 1996 (Hebrew)
       
On the public debate over the Sabbath closing of Bar-Ilan St. in Jerusalem

9.
To whom does the Gaon of Vilna Belong, Haaretz, 15 October 1997 (Hebrew)
       
Is it justified to use the Gaon as an icon of the Lithuanian Jewry?

10.
The Notebook is Open, Haaretz Sfarim, 10 December 1997 (Hebrew)
       
On Mordechai Nadavs Pinkas Kahal Tiktin (The Minutes Book of the Jewish Community Council of Tykocin)

11.
Be Careful! History, Haaretz, 23 January 1998 (Hebrew)
       
Response to Mendel Piekarzs criticism of The Regal Way

12.
An Encounter with Counter History, Ha'aretz (English Edition), 25 June 1999
       
On Nahum Karlinkys Counter History: The Hasidic Epistles from Eretz Israel

13.
'Why David Levi's Hand didn't Shake?', Ha'ayin ha-shevi'it (The Seventh Eye Journal), September 1999 (Hebrew)

14.
Ever since Moses, there has not been another one like Moses, Ha'aretz (English Edition), 31 December 1999
       
What is the most important Jewish book of the second millennium

15.
Farewell to the Prophet, Ha'aretz Sfarim, 4 October 2000 (Hebrew)
       
On Chone Shmeruks The Call for a Prophet and Shtetls and Cities

16.
The Tal Committee: The Missing Part, Meymad, 25 (2003), pp. 23-26 (Hebrew)
       
On the recommendations of the public committee for the re-evaluation of Yeshiva students exemption from army service

17.
Only Broken Shards Remain, Ha'aretz (English Edition), 2 May 2003
       
On Majer Balabans Toldot ha-Yehudim bi-Krakov u-ve-Kazimyezh (The History of the Jews in Kraków and Kazimierz)

18.
The Seeds of Disaster, Ha'aretz (English Edition), 17 June 2005
       
On the roots of the militant protests of the right wing before the Disengagement from Gaza srtip

19.
Let us not Forsake the Spirit, Haaretz (English Edition), 10 January 2006
       
On the crisis in the university faculties of humanities

20.
My Heart was Divided Whether to Travel, Davka, 1 (2006), pp. 23-25 (Hebrew)
       
On the experience of travel in Bratslav Hasidism

21.
Secrets from the Kheyder, Davka, 2 (2007), pp. 7-11 (Hebrew)
       
On studies in the Kheyder and Mark Warshawskis folk-song Oyfn pripetshik

22.
Nevertheless Poland, Haaretz, 18 April 2007 (Hebrew)
       
On the public debate over the high-school tours to Poland

23. 
No Longer a Nature Preserve”’, Haaretz (English Edition), June 29, 2007, B, p. 7
       
On Kimmy Caplan's Internal Popular Discourse in Israeli Haredi Society

24.  Thief, Thief', Davka, 4 (2008), pp. 8-9 (Hebrew).
       
On Plagiarism in the Yiddish Theatre.

25.  'From Humor to Horror', Haaretz (English Edition), January 29, 2010
       
On two generation of the Anshin Family

26.  'Mysteries of the Besht ', Haaretz (English Edition), May 18, 2010
       
250 Death Anniversary of the Besht

27.  'The Tests of the Rebbe', Haaretz, March 2012
       
On Immanuel EtkesBa’al Ha-Tanya: Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady and the Origins of Habad Hasidism

28.  'An Enlightened Rabbi from One Side, A Hasidic Rebbe from the Other Side', Haaretz, June 2013
       
On Haim GertnerThe Rabbi and the City: The Rabbinate in Galicia and Its Encounter with Modernity, 1815-1867


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