Moshe Halbertal

New York University School of Law/ Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Moshe Halbertal received his PhD from Hebrew University in 1989, and from 1988 to 1992 he was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Halbertal has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Yale Law School, and he currently is professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at Hebrew University. 

He is the author of many books, including Idolatry (co-authored with Avishai Margalit, 1992) and People of the Book: Canon, Meaning, and Authority (1997), both published by Harvard University Press; Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Tradition and Its Philosophical Implications (2007), On Sacrifice (2012), and Maimonides: Life and Thought (2013), The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel, (co-authored with Stephen Holmes) (2017), all published by Princeton University Press; and several books published in Hebrew, including Interpretative Revolutions in the Making (1997). His latest book, Nahmanides Law and Mysticism, was published by Yale University Press in 2021. 

Halbertal was the recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award of the Rothschild Foundation and the Goldstein-Goren Book Award for the best book in Jewish thought in the years 1997 to 2000. In 2010, Halbertal was named a member of Israel’s Academy for the Sciences and the Humanities. 

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