Advisory Board

Literature Advisor

Professor Ruth Wisse

Professor Ruth Wisse is the former Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and former  Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Religious Advisors

Dr. Alan Kadish

Dr. Alan H. Kadish is currently the second president of the Touro College System. He has been the Associate Chief of Cardiology and Director of Clinical Trials at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the primary teaching affiliate for the Feinberg School of Medicine, and is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in his field.

Professor Jon Levenson


Professor Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor at the Harvard Divinity School. He is a scholar of The Bible and of Rabbinic Midrash, with an interest in the philosophical and theological issues inherent in Bible Studies. He also studies the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

Professor Leora Batnitzky

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Professor Batnitzky is the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies at Princeton University, as well as the Director of Princeton’s Tikvah Project on Jewish Thought. Her current project focuses on the conceptual and historical relations between modern religious thought (Jewish and Christian) and modern legal theory (analytic and Continental).

Professor Steven Fraade


Professor Fraade is the Mark Taper Professor of the History of Judaism at Yale University; he is the chair of Yale’s Program in Judaic Studies, where he teaches courses on rabbinic literature, the history of Second Temple and early rabbinic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. His research interests include the history of Judaism (in its varieties) in Second Temple and early rabbinic times; biblical translation and exegesis in ancient Judaism and Christianity; the history and rhetoric of ancient Jewish law; the Dead Sea Scrolls; literary-rhetorical analysis of tannaitic and amoraic rabbinic texts; attitudes towards ascetic piety in early Judaism; and multilingualism in ancient Jewish culture.

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb

Rabbi Mark Gottlieb is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund and Dean of the Tikvah Summer Institute at Yale University. He has served as Head of School at Yeshiva University High School for Boys and Principal of the Maimonides School in Brookline, MA, and has taught at various institutions including University of Chicago and Hebrew Theological College.

Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier


Rabbi Shlomo Zuckier is Associate Rabbi at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Ancient Judaism at Yale University. He is a graduate of the Wexner, Tikvah, and Kupietzky Kodshim Fellowships, and is the editor of one recent and one forthcoming book on contemporary Jewish thought.

Western Thought Advisor

Professor R. J. Snell
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Professor R.J. Snell is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University and the Executive Director of the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good.

Dr. Leon Wieseltier


Dr. Leon Wieseltier  currently serves as the Isaiah Berlin Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institute. He previously worked as the literary editor of The New Republic.